Modern Family Star Sarah Hyland Reveals She Had Kidney Transplant

Procedure stems from the actress's life-long battle with kidney dysplasia

By Peter Gicas May 14, 2012 2:19 PMTags
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Modern Family star Sarah Hyland quickly learned the importance of, well, family—and then some—after recently undergoing a kidney transplant.

The 21-year-old actress reveals in the latest issue of Seventeen that she had the surgery last month as part of a life-long battle with kidney dysplasia.

"You know that family is going to be there for you no matter what. My dad gave me a freakin' kidney!" Hyland tells the magazine. "But it's also the families that you create outside of our 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."

Among those lending their love and support is Hyland's boyfriend, Matt Prokop.

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

Here's to a speedy recovery!