Modern Family star Sarah Hyland reveals she contemplated suicide after second kidney transplant

FP Staff

Dec 12, 2018 11:16:36 IST

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland says she had a second kidney transplant last year, replacing a kidney from her father with another from her brother.

Sarah Hyland arrives at Jingle Ball at The Forum on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Sarah Hyland arrives at Jingle Ball at The Forum on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Hyland detailed her lifelong health struggles in an interview in Self magazine, and tweeted Monday that she hopes it “spreads awareness of organ donation” and “brings a sense of support” to the “beautiful warriors” in the chronically ill community.

The 28-year old, who has appeared on the ABC sitcom Modern Family since she was 18, was born with kidney dysplasia, which causes cysts to grow on underdeveloped kidneys.

She received her father’s kidney in 2012, but four years later her body began rejecting it, and she underwent a series of treatments that included months of dialysis that she squeezed in around Modern Family shoots, but it became increasingly clear that the kidney would have to be replaced.

“When a family member gives you a second chance at life, and it fails, it almost feels like it’s your fault,” Hyland said. “It’s not. But it does.” The family learned Hyland’s younger brother Ian was a match. She was reticent to take another organ from a loved one. He insisted.

“I only cared about Sarah knowing that I had her back and that she was going to be OK,” 23-year-old Ian Hyland told Self. “I probably would have insisted on donating even if I wasn’t a match.” The second transplant took a huge toll on her mental health and she begun contemplating suicide. “For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn’t want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad.”

Hyland had the second transplant in September of 2017, and is struggling to adjust to her changed body, but overall is recovering well.

(With inputs from The Associated Press)

Updated Date: Dec 12, 2018 11:16:36 IST