Biliary atresia, according to Cincinnati Children’s is a rare form of liver disease that can occur in infants. The bile that normally flows from the liver to the gallbladder is blocked in children with biliary atresia. The bile is trapped in the liver and can damage and scar the liver cells and can lead to liver failure.
The causes of the condition are not known. It does affect girls more than boys. There is no link between medications taken during pregnancy and the disease. Babies with biliary atresia appear to be healthy at birth. The symptoms appear within the first couple weeks of life. The main symptom of the disease is jaundice.
Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes as a result of too much bilirubin in the blood. Talia Rosko was diagnosed with biliary atresia when she was nine months old. She was placed on an organ donor list. Talia’s parents, George and Farra Rosko had recently hired a nanny, Kiersten Miles, 22 to help care for their three children.
Kiersten made an incredible decision after just a few weeks on the job. Kiersten volunteered to donate part of her liver to Talia!