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Subject: Sarah Hyland reveals she had 2nd kidney transplant

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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 02:18:59pm
In reply to: Omaha, Neb. 's message, "14 year old cousin of "Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland killed by drunk driver" on Monday, December 03, 01:43:36pm

"Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland opened up about her second kidney transplant, dialysis and suicidal thoughts in an interview with Self, published on Monday.

The 28-year-old actress said she has undergone 16 surgeries. Six took place in the past 16 months or so -- including a second kidney transplant, laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis, and surgery to correct an abdominal hernia.

"I'm so grateful for my entire family, especially my brother, especially my dad, especially my mom," she told Self.

Hyland, who has played Haley Dunphy on the popular ABC sitcom since 2009, has struggled with kidney dysplasia. Her first kidney transplant was in April 2012 after her father served as a donor.

Her body began to reject that kidney in 2016 and she began regular dialysis, which led to severe weight loss.
Doctors removed Hyland's transplanted kidney in May 2017 and her younger brother, Ian, donated one of his kidneys four months later.

"I was very depressed," Hyland said. "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."

She added, "I had gone through (my whole life) of always being a burden, of always having to be looked after, having to be cared for.'


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