Sarah Hyland – better known as Haley from ABC’s hit show “Modern Family” – revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant earlier this year.
The 21-year-old actress opened up about her lifelong battle with kidney dysplasia in the new issue of “Seventeen,” out May 22. Hyland was diagnosed with abnormal kidney development at 9 years old, a health issue that can cause fatigue.
” I would be in a lot of pain a lot of the time. If I didn’t get, like, 12 hours of sleep, it felt like none at all,” she said during an appearance on Good Morning America. It’s a hard thing to deal with when working in the entertainment industry. “You know, if you’re sick, you still go to work,” she said. “And in between takes, you sit down, or you lay your head down or something.”
In April, she received a kidney from her father, which will help her avoid using dialysis for the rest of her life. Hyland explained that her health problems gave her a new perspective on “family:”
“You know that family is always going to be there for you – no matter what. My dad gave me a freakin’ kidney!” she tells the magazine. “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.”
One of those people who leant their unconditional support was her boyfriend, Matt Prokop.
“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,” she 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.”
What else is she thankful for?
As Hyland says, “I have a second chance at life – not a lot of people get that.”