Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland had kidney dysplasia, her father gave her a kidney

As you may remember, I’m fond of Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland. I think she’s a pretty little thing, and she’s quite talented too. I like that she doesn’t overreach – her work beyond Modern Family is of the Nickelodeon and ABC Family variety, and she’s not trying to sexpot-up her image at this moment. She’s 21 years old and she’s not trying to act 30. I like that. Anyway, Hyland covers the new issue of Seventeen and she reveals something that we’ve never heard before: she had kidney dysplasia, and her father gave her a kidney for a transplant last month. Amazing.

Sarah Hyland has been battling a lifelong illness and she’s now ready to talk about it.

The 21-year-old Modern Family star opens up in the new issue of Seventeen magazine about her struggle with kidney dysplasia. Hyland underwent life-saving kidney transplant surgery in early April.

She got her kidney from her father, Edward James Hyland, and says the surgery has given her a new perspective on life

“You know that family is always going to be there for you—no matter what. My dad gave me a freaking’ kidney!” Hyland told Seventeen. “But its also the families that you create outside of your family. And you really find out what kind of people you’re friends with. It was just amazing, and it really opened my eyes to see who’s there for me and who’s not.”

While she recovers, Hyland’s boyfriend, actor Matt Prokop, has been there to support her.

“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. Any other 21-year-old guy would not be there, I guarantee it,” she said. “I am one of the luckiest people in the world to have him be there for me.”

She added, “I have a second chance at life, not a lot of people get that.”

For more on Sarah Hyland and her struggle with kidney dysplasia, go to and pick up the June/July issue of Seventeen, on newsstands May 22nd.

[From Us Weekly]

Aw. Poor kid. You can read more about kidney dysplasia here. I wasn’t really familiar with the disease, and considering I have a pretty low tolerance for all things medical, it’s best if I don’t try to summarize what’s going on. Suffice to say that her dad saved her life and she seems like a very grounded young woman. I’m surprised we’re only hearing about the transplant after the fact – and I’m assuming that ABC and Modern Family producers worked around Hyland’s schedule and that she has plenty of time to recover.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, Seventeen.

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  1. another nina says:

    Poor Sarah, glad that she is recovering and that she has a supportive family. On a separate note, she does not look that much like Mila anymore.

  2. Jordan says:

    She is a pretty girl and seems talented. I am glad that she got a second chance at life and that her dad was able to be the one to save her life.

  3. QQ says:

    After her Leah Michelle Fashion Police turn, i fell totally in love, Good for her that he health is on the mend

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      That was hilarious and accurate. That Kelly (‘Omigosh, Joan! I can’t believe you said that! I have to widen my eyes and cover my mouth in surprise because I’m pure as the driven snow and am still becoming acclimated to the brash and brassy humour that exists outside of the Home Counties: I Am SCANDALIZED and you’re just an absolute card. Joan! Top Drawer, Hag About Town, Captain Of Industry and a wit beyond comprehension Salud, and to the mission!) Osbourne would do well to learn from Sarah that some gentle ribbing does not have to descend into a decade-long pissing, imbibing, crash dieting and peroxiding match. Kelly and Christina ‘Sabor de Sapphire Gin-Tits’ Aguilera would both do well to back away from the microphone wherever that feud is concerned.

  4. lizbet says:

    Holy crap, she’s 21?! She looks 13! She has Dakota Fanning/Chloe Moretz-Face… that very young face with adult eyes. But still young! I would never have guessed 21.

    • justme says:

      That’s all I could think about when looking at the pictures. Except I was thinkin more like 10. I have an eleven year old sister whose face looks older and more mature than hers. That sounded rude, didn’t mean in that way, but wow she looks young.

    • Ally says:

      She’s the female Ralph Macchio.

      I’m glad the operation went well and everybody’s fine. What an awful stress for her and her family, for years probably…

  5. Sisi says:

    Kinda awesome that no-one in the gossip world knew this. She and her family could deal with this in private, which is how it should be but sadly not how things in H’wood often are.

  6. Amy says:

    I hope she’s stopped smoking in light of her new perspective on/second chance at life. I remember some photos posted in the blogosphere recently of her smoking cigarettes…

  7. normades says:

    Her dad gave her a kidney. That is love. I wish them the best recovery.