The life of 16-month-old Talia Rosko was saved this month thanks to a liver transplant.
The donor was the child's nanny, Kiersten Miles, reports the Daily Mail. Miles, 22, has been Talia's nanny since 2015, when Talia was then 9 months old and had already been diagnosed with biliary atresia.
The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, describes the disease as "a life-threatening condition in infants in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings."
The government agency goes on to explain:
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"With biliary atresia, bile becomes trapped, builds up, and damages the liver. The damage leads to scarring, loss of liver tissue, and cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a chronic, or long lasting, liver condition caused by scar tissue and cell damage that makes it hard for the liver to remove toxins from the blood. These toxins build up in the blood and the liver slowly deteriorates and malfunctions. Without treatment, the liver eventually fails and the infant needs a liver transplant to stay alive."
When first diagnosed, Talia's parents were told that, without a liver transplant, she likely wouldn't live past the age of 2.
Seven months later, they happened to hire Miles, then a local college student, as a nanny. Almost immediately, she expressed the desire to be a liver donor for Talia, and tests revealed that she was compatible.
Talia's parents were concerned that Miles did not realize what a huge sacrifice the transplant entailed, but the nanny was not deterred. "It's such a small sacrifice when you compare it to saving a life. Some of her doctors said she possibly wouldn't have made it past 2 years old," she told WTXF. "All I had to do was be in the hospital for a week and a five-inch scar. I don't know, it just seemed like such a small sacrifice to me."
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On Jan. 11, the transplant was successfully performed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and both Talia and her generous nanny are reportedly doing well.
Sources: Daily Mail, National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases / Photo Credit: Kiersten Miles/Facebook via Daily Mail