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The heart knows

Bride gets wedding day surprise from man who received late son's heart

Becky Turney reserved an empty chair at her wedding last week in memory of the 19-year-old son she lost nearly two years ago.

But she had no idea she would literally feel her son’s presence at the ceremony through a surprise guest: the man who received his heart in a transplant.

Becky’s groom had secretly flown Jacob Kilby from San Diego to Alaska and kept him hidden from the bride until moments before the start of their wedding ceremony.

Kilby, who was born with a heart defect, had received the heart of Becky’s son, Triston Green, in a transplant on October 21, 2015. The two had since exchanged messages online and a phone call on Becky’s birthday, but never met in person — until last Friday night.
     — Eun Kyung Kim

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