Life After Kidney Donation

You might think you know Sarah Hyland ― she’s been part of our “Modern Family” for years, after all ― but the actress has been on a long and frustrating health journey, undergoing at least 16 surgeries. 

The 28-year-old star has a condition called kidney dysplasia that develops in utero when one or both kidneys don’t mature correctly and results in painful cysts.

In a bracingly honest profile published in Self, Hyland, for the first time, revealed she has undergone a second kidney transplant after her body began rejecting the kidney her father donated to her in 2012. 

“We did all of these tests and all of these treatments to try and save the kidney,” Hyland told the magazine. ”Christmas break, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, my birthday, all of that spent in the hospital.”

Hyland has spoken before about her first kidney transplant. But now she tells the story of the aftermath ― how she began to experience fatigue, fevers and infections four years after the surgery as her body attacked the organ. She had to schedule regular dialysis treatments along with her work on the ABC sitcom and other projects. 

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