Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland says she had a second kidney transplant last year, replacing a kidney from her father with another from her brother.
Hyland details her lifelong health struggles in an interview in Self magazine, and tweeted Monday that she hopes it “spreads awareness of organ donation” and “brings a sense of support” to the chronically ill.
“What most people don’t know is that about two years ago, I went into rejection,” she told Self magazine in an emotional and revealing cover story. “Saying that out loud is weird. Whoa! I don’t cry.”
“We did all of these tests and all of these treatments to try and save the kidney,” Hyland explained. “But they basically said the transplanted kidney was like a house that caught on fire. You can’t un-burn a house.”
Hyland was born with kidney dysplasia, which causes cysts to grow on underdeveloped kidneys.
Her father was the donor for her first transplant in 2012, and when her body began rejecting that kidney, and dialysis treatments didn’t help, she had a second transplant in September of 2017, this time with her younger brother as donor.
“I was very depressed,” the 28-year-old recalled. “When a family member gives you a second chance at life, and it fails, it almost feels like it’s your fault. It’s not. But it does. … For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn’t want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad.”
The 28-year-old Hyland has appeared on the ABC series “Modern Family” since she was 18.
Source: The Associated Press & Today