Sarah Hyland Reveals Second Kidney Transplant

'Modern Family' star opens up about health struggles
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2018 5:03 PM CST
Sarah Hyland: 'For a Long Time, I Was Contemplating Suicide'
Sarah Hyland arrives at the 2018 amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Sarah Hyland has mentioned her health struggles, including a kidney transplant she underwent in 2012, but in a new interview with Self the Modern Family actress really opens up. She reveals she underwent a second transplant and multiple other surgeries over the past year and a half—and that before the second transplant, she considered suicide. Hyland, 28, was born with kidney dysplasia, a condition that causes cysts to grow on the kidneys and prevent them from doing their job. After she went into kidney failure and her dad donated one of his kidneys to her in 2012, her body started to reject that kidney in 2016. Treatment, including dialysis, didn't work; the kidney was removed in 2017 and she ultimately received one donated from her brother in September of that year.

But before going through with the second transplant, Hyland says, "I was very depressed. 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." She adds, "For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn't want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad." She says that she felt as if "I had gone through [my whole life] of always being a burden, of always having to be looked after, having to be cared for," though her family assured her otherwise. She suggests anyone going through a similarly dark time share their thoughts with someone close to them rather than keeping them inside. Click for the full profile. (Hyland recently took a break from Twitter after her cousin's murder.)

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