- 22-year-old college student gave part of her liver to save her ward from life-threatening disease
- She explained she just wanted to help save a life, did not view donation as a big sacrifice
- She hopes her gesture would help inspire others to do the same
A 22-year-old college student from New Jersey is the talk of the town for selflessly donating part of her liver to help save the life of the toddler she babysits.
Kiersten Miles of Wall, NJ, is receiving praises both locally and abroad for helping save her ward toddler Natalia Rosko who was diagnosed with biliary atresia; a rare condition which renders the liver unable to drain the bile to the intestines.
If left untreated, the condition would result to acute liver failure and death.
Miles, who underwent the surgery to extract part of her organ in January, said the procedure was no big deal if it meant saving the life of Rosko whom she started taking care of last year in June a mere three weeks when she volunteered for the donation.
“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,” she told NY Daily News. “Especially for a baby who can’t really ask for help, it didn’t seem like that much of a sacrifice, because I’d be saving a life.”
Talia’s mother Farra Rosko said her daughter’s condition has greatly improved after doctors transplanted part of Miles’ liver into her.
“If you saw her today you would never know she had a transplant,” she said.
Mrs. Rosko also had nothing but kind words for Miles.
She is a true angel on earth. What a selfless human being at 22 years old,” she said.
As for the sefless nanny, she said she hopes to inspire others to do the same for those in need.
“I am getting a lot more attention from this than I ever expected. But I think it’s really important to spread the word about living donations and organ donation in general,” she said.