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Sarah Hyland Breaks Down While Revealing Second Kidney Transplant

Sarah Hyland is opening up about her health struggles. 

The 28-year-old Modern Family star coversSelf’s latest digital issue and reveals that she’s had not just one, but two kidney transplants. Additionally, within the last year, Hyland has continued to suffer from endometritis and an abdominal hernia, requiring two surgeries back to back. Including those surgeries, Hyland has gone under the knife about 16 times in her life.

In 2012, a then 21-year-old Hyland received her first kidney transplant — a necessity as a result of kidney dysplasia, a disorder she was born with — from her dad. All was relatively well until October 2016 when her body began rejecting its new kidney, causing fatigue, fever and infections.

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

The tests and treatments were unsuccessful, though, as the damage was too far gone. “You can’t un-burn a house,” Hyland explains.

As a last resort, Hyland had to go on dialysis. The new treatment — three four-hour sessions a week that caused weight loss, sciatica, swelling and worsening vision — required a visible port to be implanted in her chest. “I called it my tube t*tty,” Hyland says.

Through it all she kept working, even selecting a dialysis center nearest the Modern Family set, something that she says allowed her to keep a modicum of independence. 

“That’s why I’m so independent,” she says. “In some areas of my life, I literally have no choice but to be dependent. I’ve been going through this for 28 years, and I still am learning how to let go of control and how to be patient.”


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