Nanny Donates Part of Her Liver To Save Toddler
For most nannies, job duties include preparing meals and changing diapers. But without being asked, one nanny expanded her duties to donating part of her liver in order to save the life of the toddler for whom she cared.
Kiersten Miles, a 22-year old college student from New Jersey, had only been serving as a babysitter for then 9-month old Talia Rosko for a few weeks when she got tested to see if she could be a liver donor to help save Talia, who suffers from a potentially life-threatening liver disease called Bilary Atresia.
Talia’s parents were understandably shocked at the gesture from someone they had only known for a few weeks, meeting her through a mutual friend. “I’m like: ‘Kiersten, this is a serious surgery. You have to talk to your parents. It’s not like donating blood,'” recalls Farra Rosko, Talia’s mother.
For several months, Miles underwent testing to see if she was a match. When she found out that she was a match with Talia, Miles immediately volunteered to donate part of her liver.
“It’s such a small sacrifice when you compare it to saving a life,” said Miles. “Some of her doctors said she possibly wouldn’t have made it past two-years-old.”
On January 11, Miles endured a five-hour surgery in which they removed part of her liver, taking it to a children’s hospital next door, where it was given to now 16-month old Talia.
Being rather modest in the face of major surgery, Miles downplayed the procedure, saying, “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.”
Within a few days, Miles was able to visit Talia while they both recovered from the surgery. “It just reminded me why I did it all,” she said, adding that seeing Talia smile at her “made everything worth it.”
Following the surgery, Miles has received an “outpouring of love and support,” as she wrote in a Facebook post. She’s using her story to help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.
Meanwhile, Talia’s parents remain grateful that Miles came into their life when she did. “I don’t know where we would be without Kiersten,” says Talia’s mother.