A 22-year-old New Jersey nanny had given her little charge the best gift possible, donating part of her liver to save the little girl’s life.
“She’s so helpless”
College student and nanny Kiersten Miles had only been working for toddler Talia Rosko’s family for three weeks when she learned that the baby’s liver disease could be fatal without a transplant.
“She was 9 months old when I started watching her. She’s so helpless. She can’t tell anyone what’s wrong with her. She can’t spread the word and ask for help,” Kiersten told Fox29 News.
Kiersten immediately determined that she would help Talia, volunteering to donate part of her liver and make a much-needed transplant possible.
The young nanny is super humble about her generous gesture and downplayed the risks she’d faced undergoing the partial removal of the donor organ.
“It’s such a small sacrifice when you compare it to saving a life. Some of her doctors said she possibly wouldn’t have made it past 2 years old,” Kiersten said.
“All I had to do was be in the hospital for a week and a 5 inch scar. I don’t know, it just seemed like such a small sacrifice to me.”
Talia’s family are obviously over the moon about the successful surgery and touched by Kiersten’s kindness and commitment.
Both nanny and toddler are doing well and Talia’s future is looking much, much peachier thanks to Kiersten’s selflessness.
What an amazing young woman!
Liver disease facts
In Australia, one in 12 000 kids are born with liver disease.
There are over 100 different types of liver disease that can present in children and Liver Kids Australia tells us that Biliary Atresia is the most common.
Biliary Atresia an aggressive type of liver disease that accounts for a whopping 60 percent of all paediatric liver transplants.
If you’re inspired by Kiersten’s story, you can find out about organ and tissue donation at Donate Life. You could save a life, just like Kiersten did. How great would that be?