Picking a nanny can be an incredibly difficult decision. After all, you are choosing someone to take care of the most important people in your lifeânot only to keep them safe and out of mischief, but also to guide them, love them and model good behavior for them.
One family recently discovered that they not only hired a good nanny, they hired a hero.
The Rosko family hired college student Kiersten Miles, 22, to help watch their three children. The youngest child is Talia, who was only 9 months old when MilesÂ began her new position. But Talia had a severe, and potentially fatal, health issue. She suffered from biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that occurs in infants.
Talia was on a donor list, but it can sometimes take weeks, months or even more before a liver becomes available. In the meantime, the sweet little baby and her family merely had to wait. And here is the truly terrifying part: The doctors told the Rosko family that if Talia did not get a liver transplant before age 2, she would not survive.
Watching your child sufferÂ is every parent's worst nightmare. But, when the Roskos got this terrible news, little did they know that help was on the horizon?and from an unexpected source: Their new nanny.
Although MilesÂ had only been with the Rosko family for a matter of weeks, she decided she would get tested to learn if her liver would be a match for Talia. Her test results soon revealed that she was, in fact, a match, and that she could be a donor for the little girl if she so desired.
Initially, the Roskos were hesitant. They barely knew Miles, and they didn't want to her feel obligated to undergo a serious surgery on their behalf. However, MilesÂ was adamant that she wanted to help Talia, and her own familyÂ supported herÂ courageous choice.
So, the selfless and heroicÂ nanny went forward with the procedure, and Talia receieved the liver transplant she so deseprately needed. The transplant was a success, and Talia is now a strong, healthy and active young girl.
To learn more about becoming a living organ donor, visit American Transplant Foundation.