Nowadays, it’s rare to hear great stories about acts of compassion, about people who want to help the unfortunate regardless of the consequences. This week’s story of selflessness comes from a 22-year-old student and babysitter from New Jersey who saved the life of an 18-month-old girl who was diagnosed with a deadly disease.
Kirsten Miles is a 22-year-old student from New Jersey. Like any other student, she sought out ways to make some more money while studying. While talking to a friend, Miles decided that babysitting sounds like a good and easy way to earn some extra cash, taking into account the fact that she loves children.
Miles’s friend was also on good terms with the Rosko family, and seeing that Kirsten was so eager to become a babysitter, she wholeheartedly recommended her. Soon after Kirsten settled in, she learned about the terrible burden the Rosko family had to carry.
Talia, their 9-month-old daughter back then, was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a deadly disease. Due to a genetic anomaly, Talia’s liver ducts would get overfilled with bile, which slowly destroyed every living cell in her liver. Talia’s parents told Kirsten that their daughter’s only chance of survival was a liver transplant, but they have yet to approach a donor.
Hearing the Rosko’s family sad story, Kirsten Miles made the decision that would change her life – she went straight to the hospital and got tested to see if she’s a compatible liver donor. All tests came out positive.
With a big smile on her face, the young woman went straight to Rosko family and informed them about her decision to donate part of her liver to Talia. Of course, Talia’s parents were more than happy to hear that their daughter might have a chance to survive but were worried about Miles making a rash decision.
The babysitter told them that before heading to their house to deliver the good news, she talked with the parents about the perspective of becoming Talia’s donor and that they’ve told her that she was doing the right thing.
After six months of tests, a team of surgeons removed part of Miles’s liver, and send it to a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where another team of surgeons was on stand-by to put the liver into Talia. Both operations were successful, and the patients should make a swift recovery. Talia will be able to enjoy her life, but Kirsten will not be able to donate again, should the need arise.
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