I don’t think there’s anything sadder in the world than an ill child. I mean you might have some serious issues if you can’t sympathize with a sick kid. I feel bad for afflicted adults, but because kids are so un-bogged down by the typical BS that adults get themselves into, I just find that my heart goes out to them more than any grown-up.
But that doesn’t mean adults can’t be awesome, either.
Like this babysitter who, was a nanny to little Talia Rosko for only three weeks before discovering the baby had a life-threatening liver disease.
Kiersten Miles offered a portion of her liver to save the 16-month’s old life.
Talia’s central bile duct had become damaged somehow, which caused her liver to accumulate bile. It turned her skin yellow and the the whites of her eyes grey. Doctors said without proper treatment, the baby only had months to live.
New Jersey residents George and Farra Rosko hired Miles in the summer of 2016 to look after Talia and their two other children.
The organ donation was Miles’ idea. After learning of the little girl’s health condition she started researching solutions online and saw that organ donation was a possibility. She filled out the paperwork to see if she would be a match for the baby girl.
After going through multiple rounds of testing, Miles turned out to be a match. Talia’s parents were floored.
“This is a serious thing, this is not like donating blood. I was very taken aback, 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…We didn’t even know her. I thought it was wonderful that she offered, but I didn’t really think it would go through. It’s not something that people do every day.”
The transplant was a success and after tapering off most of her medication, Talia will still most likely have to take anti-rejection pills for all her life.
For her, her family, and Miles though, it seems like a small price to pay. Once Kiersten discovered that the surgery was a success, she was overcome with emotion.
“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. 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.”
And although Miles won’t be able to donate a portion of her liver ever again, even if a family member requires one, she says it was well worth it.
Now I usually don’t believe in fate and all that mystical stuff, but the fact that a baby gets put on an organ donor list and someone walks into the family’s life at the same time and they turn out to be a match for the baby. Well that seems like fate to me. (h/t thestar)