Talia's parents, George and Farra Rosko, knew something was wrong when she was just nine weeks old. The adorable little girl was having trouble with her eyes and they took her to see a specialist right away. That's when they were told just how serious the problem was.
Doctors diagnosed Talia with biliary atresia, which is a condition that could possibly take her life all because her bile ducts didn't work properly.
The news was an absolute blow to the Roskos and Talia was immediately placed on the liver donor list - but with the number of other patients waiting for a donor, it was unclear whether or not she would make it.
During this time, Kiersten was the Rosko family babysitter and overheard many of their worries! She knew she just couldn't sit back and watch as Talia wasted away on the donor list. Kiersten understood that she had to get involved right away.
After figuring out what blood type Talia was, Kiersten went to find out if she was a match. She told The Washington Post that the idea to donate part of her liver to save Talia's life was a no-brainer.
"Especially for a baby who can't really ask for help, it didn't seem like that much of a sacrifice because I'd be saving a life."
While coming up with a plan by herself was easy, and Kiersten told The Washington Post that speaking with Mr. and Mrs. Rosko about the idea was much more nerve wracking.
"I was nervous for some reason - I'm not sure why. I just told her I had done some research, and I wanted to fill out the paperwork to see if I was a match."
Farra couldn't believe that their babysitter was willing to donate part of her body to save her baby's life. She happily accepted her offer and Kiersten went to get tested right away - the process of determining if she was a match would take months but she knew it was worth it.
By the grace of God, Talia and Kiersten were a perfect match and the liver transplant surgery was scheduled! Kiersten was petrified that the surgery wouldn't work and her liver wouldn't be the right fit for Talia since she was so small - but after hours on the operating table, the surgery was a success.
Now Talia and her incredible babysitter are healing at home and will forever be bonded by the scars they share. Talia will be able to slowly stop her medication for biliary atresia over the next year and will have the rest of her life to look forward to.
Farra spoke to The Washington Post about how much of a blessing Kiersten has been in their lives.
"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."
After Kiersten's surgery to donate part of her liver, a YouCaring page was setup to help her pay off her students loans. With the kindness that she showed Talia, it's only right that the world show some kindness toward her!