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Sarah Hyland Reveals Secret Second Kidney Transplant

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Modern Family star Sarah Hyland is getting candid about her ongoing health struggles.

“What most people don’t know is that about two years ago exactly I went into rejection,” she told Self magazine. in an interview published on Monday, December 10, before breaking down in tears.

Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has revealed she underwent a second kidney transplant in 2017 after the first failed.

Hyland first received a kidney from her father in 2012 to cure a condition called dysplasia, when the organs do not develop properly.

But toward the end of 2016 the kidney started to fail, and Sarah received a second transplant from her brother Ian in September 2017.

According to Hyland, she had the kidney removed in May 2017 and soon after got the good news that her brother, Ian, now 23, was a match for a second transplant. While that was obviously great news, she went through a deeply depressive period.

“I was very depressed,” Hyland admitted. “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 also worried the transplant might fail a second time. “For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn’t want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad.”

However, talking about her suicidal thoughts with someone close to her helped Hyland, and she encourages others to do the same. “It’s not shameful,” she said. “For anybody that wants to reach out to somebody but doesn’t really know how because they’re too proud or they think that they’ll be looked upon as weak, it’s not a shameful thing to say. It’s not a shameful thing to share.”

A bright spot has been her relationship with Wells Adams, whom she met for the first time three days before her second transplant.“He’s seen me at my worst. He was there through all of that. I think that’s why I feel the most beautiful in his eyes, because he still finds me beautiful after seeing all that.”

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She added that starting the relationship while she was recovering from such a grueling surgery helped too. “It was a really intimate start to a relationship to have to go through those hurdles at the very, very, very beginning when you’re just even getting to know a person,” Hyland said. “Also, falling in love with someone before you can really be intimate. I did not believe that that was a thing, but it is.”