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Sarah Hyland: My Dad Gave Me A Kidney

Tue, May 15, 2012 9:00am EDT by 4 Comments
Sarah Hyland Kidney Transplant

In an interview for ’17’ magazine, the ‘Modern Family’ actress reveals she was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia when she was 9 and recently underwent a kidney transplant. Read about her touching story in this telling interview!

You best know Sarah Hyland as the angst-ridden, boy-crazy teenager, Haley Dunphy, on the Emmy-winning sitcom, Modern Family. And even though we see her on the small screen in our homes once a week, the 21-year-old actress has been harboring a  major secret — she received a kidney transplant earlier this year.

When she was nine years old, Sarah was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia, a condition that results from the malformation of a kidney during fetal development. However, she wasn’t able to receive a kidney transplant until her situation worsened. This year, as an adult, Sarah was finally able to undergo the transplant, thanks, in large part, to a donation from her father.

“You know that family is going to be there for you no matter what. My dad gave me a freakin’ kidney!” she says in 17 magazine, which hits stands this June. “But it’s also the families that you create outside of your family. And you really find out what kind of people you’re friends with. It was just amazing, and it really opened my eyes to see who’s there for me and who’s not.”

Sarah’s dad hasn’t been her only here throughout this ordeal. Her TV mom, Julie Bowen, came over and helped clean her apartment and her boyfriend, Matt Prokop, has waited on her hand and foot.

“He helps me with my medication and takes me to doctor appointments and all the stuff that I need to do to take care of myself,” Sarah says. “Any other 21-year-old guy would not be there, I guarantee it. I am one of the luckiest people in the world to have him be there for me.”

Set to make a full recovery and feel better than ever soon, Sarah is still in recovery mode right now.

“My taste buds are really off right now because of all the medication I’m on,” she says, explaining, “I’m usually obsessed with Arnold Palmer, but I don’t really care for them right now. Everyone around me is like, ‘whaaat?'”

We’re so impressed with Sarah’s struggle and can’t believe she’s been living with this condition for so long. We wish her a speedy recovery and thank her for sharing her story.

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