The 28-year-old star of Modern Family has undergone her second kidney transplant in less than a year and struggles with a litany of other health and mental health issues that have pushed her to the edge of her ability to cope. Now she is opening up about how close she was to the end of her rope and how she fought her way back after a lifetime of pain and despair.
Before she found her way back, the actress nearly lost a battle with non-stop physical ailments that pushed her to the brink of suicide.
It all started before she was even born. Hyland suffers from Kidney Dysplasia, a condition that caused her kidneys not to form properly when in the womb. In her case, her kidneys form painful cysts that got so bad by 2016 that she had no other choice but to undergo a kidney transplant.
The kidney was donated by her father who, at the time, was determined to be a match. However, since that time Sarah’s body has rejected the donated organ, requiring a second transplant less than a year later. Her younger brother, Ian, was the donor this time, which caused Sarah to be overwhelmed with grief and guilt.
“I was very depressed,” she 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.”
But her health problems did not stop there. While trying to recover from the second transplant surgery, she was suffering terribly from a bad case of endometriosis and a hernia. It’s no wonder that she began questioning whether or not life was worth living.
Numerous surgeries followed - six during the next 16 months and a total of 16 over the course of her life. Her wisdom in seeking help from those close to her and opening up about her struggles is what Hyland credits her ability to move forward.
Support from her family and friends continue to help her manage her pain and health challenges.
With a good prognosis on her second transplanted kidney, Hyland is starting to look forward to her future. She is especially eager to explore her relationship with new boyfriend, Wells Adams, whom she met only three days before her transplant surgery.
Please join us in sending prayers and good wishes to Sarah as she continues to fight an uphill battle to regain her former life. We wish her the very best as she moves closer and closer to the life she dreams of.