A 22 year nanny donated her liver to a 1 year old girl
Farra Rosko calls her children’s nanny “a baby-whisperer,” but now she has earned another moniker: life-saver.
Kiersten Miles, a 22-year-old special education student, donated a portion of her liver to Rosko’s 16-month-old daughter, Talia, who has a rare disease called biliary atresia, which results in blockage of the bile ducts.
“We weren’t actively looking for a live donor. We kept it very close to the vest as a kind of defense mechanism,” Rosko, of Jackson, New Jersey, tells PEOPLE. “I couldn’t talk about it without crying, so only our close family and friends knew about it.”
Miles, who says she didn’t even know someone could donate a portion of their liver, learned that Talia had recently been put on the transplant list when she was hired as the child’s nanny in June 2016 and briefed on her health. She did more research, knowing she had a universally compatible blood type, and asked Rosko for paperwork to proceed.
“It just seemed like a small sacrifice,” Miles tells PEOPLE about her decision.
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