modern family Star Sarah Hyland has shared her struggles with kidney dysplasia over the years, and now she’s sharing more about how living with the condition has affected her. In an episode of Julie Bowen’s podcast To leave, released on Monday, Hyland sat down for a heartfelt conversation with her former on-screen mom. The 31-year-old, who played Haley Dunphy on the beloved ABC series, revealed her condition left her completely exhausted while the sitcom aired.
« There are episodes of modern family where I don’t remember filming because I was sleeping, » Hyland said. The episode where her character asks her younger brother Luke for money is an episode she doesn’t remember, for example. « The whole episode, I was sleeping, » she said. “It was just before my first transplant… You have to [be] a certain level of disease in order to receive a transplant. So I was reaching that certain level of illness. I couldn’t stay awake for eight hours straight. I was so exhausted all the time.
Kidney dysplasia is a condition in which the internal structures of one or both fetal kidneys develop abnormally inside the uterus, depending on the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). As a result, urine builds up inside the defective kidney and then develops into cysts (fluid-filled sacs) which replace healthy kidney tissue and prevent the kidney from working effectively. This condition is chronic kidney disease. In the United States, an estimated 15% of adults, or 37 million people, have chronic kidney disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
With her father as the donor, Hyland underwent her first kidney transplant in 2012. Sadly, that failed and her body rejected the organ, which she first shared publicly in her December 2018 SELF cover story. She had to stay on dialysis, a medical process in which a machine filters waste, salt and fluid from the blood when the kidneys cannot, the Mayo Clinic Explain. « When I was on dialysis, I was in rejection, I needed a new kidney, and they took out my dad’s because it was causing too much trouble. I didn’t really have a kidney. kidney function at all, » she said in the episode. The rejection of the organ by his body led to one of the darkest periods of his life. “My dad’s kidney had already failed, I was on dialysis…that’s when I felt suicidal,” Hyland said. With his brother Ian as the donor, Hyland finally underwent a second transplant in 2017. Fortunately, it was a success.
Bowen noted that she remembered Hyland going through these health issues, saying she would see Hyland double in pain while filming the show. Despite this, she recalled her on-screen daughter maintaining a professional attitude, for which she praised her. Hyland also reflected on being in an industry that demanded so much of her, which was doubly difficult as she grew. and struggling with chronic pain due to his kidney disease. « When you’ve grown up your whole life with health issues and you’re still in pain, you have to learn how to have thick skin, how to put on a show, how to smile in front of everyone, » she said. While Bowen was incredibly proud of Hyland for her determination and courage, she was also sympathetic. « You had to climb a mountain, » she told Hyland.
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