Sarah Hyland shows scars from her 16 surgeries, reveals she had suicidal thoughts after first kidney transplant failed
Sarah had been diagnosed with kidney dysplasia when she was a child and in May, this year, she opened up about her health struggles and weight loss
Sarah Hyland decided to get candid in a very emotional interview where she revealed the scars she acquired from her 16 surgeries. The 28-year-old actress shared that she had also experienced some suicidal thoughts after the failure of her first kidney transplant.
Sarah was required to go through a second kidney operation in 2017. During an interview with Self magazine, the 'Modern Family' star, who is well known for her role as Hailey Dunphy, got candid about her kidney dialysis and how she is not letting her surgery scars bother her. She referred to the area of her scars as KUPA — Kidney Upper P***y Area — and though she is healing, it is not easy for her to show it off.
"For me, it's always hard for KUPA to be on display. Still mentally it's hard to get over that. I think personally for someone to be so tiny to have a stomach that looks like the New Jersey Turnpike, just shows who I am and what kind of character I have," Sarah shared. She also showed her surgery scars and compared them to "a samurai sword attack or a shark bite."
Sarah further explained that she had gone through around seven surgeries before she was even four years old. By the time she had turned 27, Sarah ended up having an estimated 16 surgeries.
In the year 2012, Sarah underwent her first kidney transplant which had been donated by her father Edward James. Unfortunately, Sarah's kidney's started to fail towards the end of 2016.
"We did all these tests and treatments to try and save the kidney, but they basically said that the transplanted kidney was like a house that caught on fire. You can't unburn a house," she shared. Sarah was then required to go through dialysis three times a week with each session being around four hours between February 2017 and October 2017. Last year in July, Sarah discovered that her younger brother Ian was a match.
"When a family member gives you a second chance at life, and it fails, it almost feels like it's your fault. And it's not, but it does. When a second family member, someone you're supposed to look after, like a little brother, wants to give you a third chance at life, it's scary, because you don't want to fail them," she confessed.
Sarah even addressed the point when she actually contemplated suicide post the failure of her first kidney transplant. "For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn't want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad," she revealed. Sarah had been diagnosed with kidney dysplasia when she was a child and in May, this year, she spoke about her health struggles and weight loss. She also suffers from a painful chronic reproductive health condition known as endometriosis and also developed an abdominal hernia earlier this year.