Young babysitter saves baby’s life by donating part of her liver

Although it had only been a few weeks since Kiersten had been hired as a babysitter for a 9-month-old, that was enough to donate part of her liver and give her a new lease of life.

Kiersten Miles, 21, was hired as a babysitter by the Rosko family of New Jersey in the summer of 2016. The college girl would take care of 7-year-old Mattea, 5-year-old Trey, and 9-month-old baby Talia.

“I met the Rosko in early June 2016,” Miles told TODAY. “A good friend had known the family for a long time and recommended me for a summer babysitting position. I knew at the beginning that Talía had biliary atresia, because my friend told me a little about that history ”.

Little Talia was diagnosed at two months with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease that occurs in babies. The condition affects the tubes in the liver, called bile ducts, and if not treated with a surgery called kasai, or liver transplantation, it can be fatal, according to Stanford Children’s Healt.

Although it had only been a few weeks, Miles grew fond of the family, especially baby Talia, who had undergone the Kasai procedure and was on the waiting list for a liver transplant.

“Since I started I was welcomed with open arms,” ​​Kiersten told PX11 in an interview. “They are outgoing and they are just amazing.”

But, in addition, the young university student became interested in the baby’s condition and began to investigate on her own. In fact, she was a regular blood donor, and after finding out she learned that she could also potentially donate an organ to anyone, due to her blood type.

Upon learning this, Miles immediately offered to donate part of his liver to Talia.

“We were never ‘looking’ for an organ donor, and we never asked anyone if they wanted to donate, especially someone we didn’t know that well,” the girl’s mother, Farra Rosko, 40, and administrator of the Physics and Plasma Laboratory at Princeton University.

Farra and her husband George Rosko, 42, and CEO of ACE Gymnastics, weren’t sure they would accept their babysitter’s noble offer. In addition to alerting her that it was not just donating blood, they asked her to consult with her parents.

“I talked to my mom after doing the research and then I continued talking to Farra,” Miles recalled. “My mom supported me throughout the process. She keeps saying how proud she is of me and tells people that she wasn’t really surprised that I wanted to do this. “

After confirming the compatibility and going through the paperwork process, the young woman was ready for the procedure. It took six months to perform the surgery, in January 2017. It was a successful 14-hour procedure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“[Talia] he recovered like there was no tomorrow, ”George told PX11. “I call her my rock star because she’s been through a lot and she’s stronger.”

That strength helped the little girl to be discharged nine days later, before 14 days, which is the average.

The girl’s mother told TODAY that Miles turned a “hopeless situation into a hopeful one,” preferring not to think about how they would be if the young woman had not appeared in their lives.

“I think it was definitely destined to happen and I think the whole experience made me a better person,” Miles told PX11. “It has changed my perspective on my whole life.”

The young woman is no longer the babysitter of Talia and her brothers, but the bond between her and the girl was sealed with the kind act.

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