Becky Green’s late son, who was very close to her, was not present at her wedding in person.
Losing a child is one of the most agonizing experiences a person can endure. Despite our best efforts, God’s purposes are far superior to ours.
Triston Green, the 19-year-old son of Becky Green from Wasilla, Alaska, died in 2015 at the age of 19. Kelly Turney, her future husband, requested that her late son attend their wedding.
Photographer Amber from Love Adventures captured this stunning scene and posted it to her Facebook page. “I knew this surprise was coming, but nothing could prepare you for the beauty of this moment,” she said. I recently met Jacob Kilby, who is alive thanks to Triston, this bride’s son, who donated his heart. Despite being unable to attend her mother’s wedding, Triston’s family ensured that his heart was with them.
Amber also noted that Becky’s fiancé Kelly Turney had surprised her by flying Jacob to Alaska as a groomsman while carrying Triston’s heart. Kelly introduced Jacob and Becky during the ceremony.
Jacob has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a birth defect that prevents the left side of the heart from fully growing, according to The Surf Channel. At the age of two, he had already undergone four unsuccessful heart operations. He had a heart transplant, but the new heart soon deteriorated.
In 2014, he once again joined the organ donation list in order to receive a new heart. He now holds Triston in his heart.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, about 20 people die every day while waiting for an organ donation.
Currently, 119,000 people around the world are waiting for organ transplants. A single donor could save up to eight lives.
Amber wrote in her letter that Jacob shared his thanks and plans for a heart-healthy life with Triston’s sister before the ceremony. The recipient of such a gift could not be more deserving.
According to his obituary, Triston donated organs to five strangers. Those who knew him regarded him as everyone’s best friend, and for good reason. Each of the five people found a new best friend that morning.
Becky’s aunt Rose Beebe wrote to Amber, “I think what you did in capturing such a wonderful moment in her, Jacob, and Becky’s lives was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.” Even though I wasn’t able to attend, I felt like I was there through your pictures.
Our family is in tears of joy because of your gift to our fabric, so thank you so much.
In a Facebook post, Becky expressed her gratitude to everyone who made her day special, saying that she will never forget their kindness. As she thanked Jacob, she remarked, “Hands down the best gift… most incredible surprise ever.”. Your concern for Triston’s heart is greatly appreciated. Thank you for being here. It means a lot to me that you appreciate me!