The past two years have been a hospital rollercoaster for Sarah Hyland.
After years of vaguely referencing recent health issues, the 28-year-old Modern Family star revealed years of hospitalizations and surgeries in a candid interview with Self. In 2012, the actress surprised the public by confirming she had undergone a kidney transplant, donated from her father, as a result of a life-long battle with kidney dysplasia and resulting kidney failure.
However, Hyland disclosed to the magazine that in October 2016, her body began to reject the organ and it wasn't properly filtering out waste. After experiencing fatigue and frequent infections and fevers, a doctor's visit confirmed the kidney was no longer functioning. Hyland spent the rest of the year in and out of the hospital. "We did all of these tests and all of these treatments to try and save the kidney," she recalled to the magazine, but it was all ultimately unsuccessful. Then, on Valentine's Day in 2017, she had a port implanted into her chest and went on dialysis for the first time. The multiple weekly dialysis sessions had some significant—and visible—side effects, including weight loss, sciatica, fluid retention and vision damage. Fans may recall Hyland taking to social media in May 2017 to rebuff anorexia claims and noting she hadn't "had the greatest year." This was why.