22-Year-Old Nanny Donates Part Of Liver To Save Sick Toddler's Life

"There's so much you can do to help others."

When 22-year-old Kiersten Miles found out that Talia Rosko, the 16-month-old toddler she had been nannying for just three weeks, was suffering from a rare liver disease that could kill her, she decided to take a huge step.

Miles offered to donate part of her liver to save Talia's life.

"It didn't seem like that much of a sacrifice," she said in an interview with The Washington Post"because I'd be saving a life."

Talia was born with biliary atresia, a condition that causes bile to build up and slowly destroy the liver. She was diagnosed with the condition when she was just 9 weeks old. Miles met Talia and her parents, George and Farra Rosko, shortly after the child was put on the donor transplant list.

It wasn't long after Miles found out about Talia's condition that she began researching organ donation. 

"I was just curious, I guess," she told The Post. After a bit of research, she realized that as a universal blood donor (someone who has type O blood) she might be a good candidate for a match.

She talked to her family about it. They were unfazed by her offer. "Everyone was very supportive through it all," Miles said in an interview with A Plus. "My mom has said to others that she wasn't really surprised with me wanting to donate because of how giving I am. My whole family constantly tells me how proud they are of me."

After talking with her family, she approached the Roskos with an offer to help their daughter if she was a match.

"I was very taken aback," Farra Rosko said in her interview with The Post. "I didn't know that she was this selfless — I've come to find out that this is who she is. She really is an angel on earth; I know that sounds silly, but she really is."

Some testing revealed that she was indeed eligible to be a donor. She decided to do it. Surgery was scheduled for both Miles and Talia. We asked Miles if she was afraid at all. 

"I wasn't really nervous at all during the whole time of testing and leading up to the surgery." she said. "The week before was the first time I felt some nerves. After all of the tests and talks with doctors I knew exactly what to expect so I think I was just mentally prepared."


On January 11, surgeons removed part of Miles' liver and rushed to implant it in Talia.

Kiersten Miles

The surgery was a success. Miles recalled the moment she awoke from surgery. "I don't know if it was all the emotions building up over time, but I asked one of the surgeons if I could see Talia," Miles told The Post. "He told me that I could definitely see her in the next couple of days. He said she was doing great. And when he left, I just started bawling... I think I was just really happy and really relieved at the same time."

Kiersten Miles

Now both Miles and Talia are on the road to a full recovery. "The first few days I dealt with some discomfort and pain but the transplant team did a great job managing it," Miles told A Plus. "Most of my time in the hospital I was just exhausted, my pain was very tolerable the majority of the time. It's been three weeks since surgery and I'm feeling great! I can't lift more than 10 pounds but besides that I'm pretty much back to a normal daily routine."

Kiersten Miles

Although the Roskos told The Post that their daughter will most like have to take anti-rejection medication for the rest of her life, Miles reports that the toddler is up and at it and going well. "She's been off pain medicine since she's been home," Miles told us. "She's crawling and walking around as if nothing ever happened. Her coloring is also great. Her eyes used to have a yellow tint but they're completely white now which is amazing to see."

"The whole experience has had a huge positive impact on my life, more than I ever could have imagined," Miles told A Plus. "It makes me want to keep paying it forward. There's so much you can do to help others. The response I've gotten from this is beyond what I ever expected. I've received so many messages from people all over the world. People take the time out of their day just to reach out and tell me they're inspired. I'm more motivated now to work towards my dreams and goals than I ever have been. One of those goals being to spread awareness for organ donation."

In a recent Facebook post, Miles further described the importance of organ donation.

"While I'm extremely humbled by all of the messages, my biggest hope going forward is that the awareness of organ donation spreads. Approximately every ten minutes someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. By becoming an organ donor you can save up to 8 lives."

For more information on organ donation please go to organdonor.gov. If you'd like to help the Rosko family with their medical expenses, please go here

All photos courtesy of Kiersten Miles.

(H/T: Washington Post)


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