Nanny Donates Part Of Her Liver To Save Sick Infant She’s Only Known A Few Months

April 30, 2018 lilit 0 Comments

When college student Kiersten Miles, 22, took a summer babysitting job, she had no idea she’d end up saving the life of the baby she was caring for.
Kiersten was caring for then-9-month-old Talia Rosko, who suffered from a rare liver disorder. When she heard of Talia’s condition, Kiersten didn’t think twice about getting tested to see if she was a match.

Kiersten had only known the Rosko family a few months, but she already had a special bond with little Talia and knew she wanted to help in any way she could.

Talia suffered from biliary atresia, a rare liver disease for which the only permanent cure is a liver transplant. Talia’s parents, Farra and George, were told that without a transplant, Talia would not survive past the age of two. Tali was on a long waiting list for donors when the family met Kiersten.
When she discovered she was a match for Talia, Kiersten immediately offered to go ahead with the op, although Talia’s parents warned her it was a serious undertaking.

“I wanted to be sure she knew this wasn’t like giving blood,” said George Rosko, “It’s a serious surgery.”
“She said she had already spoken with her mother and she was goo to. She was very confident that this was something that she wanted to do.”

From the moment she found out she was a match, Kiersten was ready to move forward with whatever procedures were necessary to help little Talia — and her parents couldn’t be more grateful.

“She has turned a hopeless situation into a hopeful situation,” said George, “Without Kiersten we would be sitting waiting for a deceased donor to come and save Talia.”
“We would be watching our baby deteriorate. Without Kiersten I’m not sure where we would be… to be honest, I don’t really want to think about it.”

Both Kiersten and Talia recovered well from the surgery and today Talia is a happy, healthy toddler.

“I definitely think it’s important to spread awareness about living organ donation,” says Kiersten, “It’s such a small price to pay in comparison to saving a life.”

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