20Her Battle Meant She Would Never Lead A Normal Life
Sarah Hyland has not been shy about telling her fans about her life-threatening condition called kidney dysplasia.
Kidney Dysplasia, sometimes called multicystic dysplastic kidney, "is a condition that happens in the womb when one or both of a baby’s kidneys don’t develop properly, and fluid-filled sacs (cysts) grow in
place of normal tissue."
Hyland survived, but her doctors said she would never live a normal life. In 2012, Hyland's condition worsened to the point where she needed a new kidney. Before the transplant, Sarah was often exhausted and in a lot of pain. That's why her character, Haley, is always sitting down or leaning on the counter in her scenes. She said that any time she had to climb the stairs was her workout for the day.
It was her father who donated one of his to save her life. In an interview with E!, Hyland said, "You know that family is going to be there for you no matter what. My dad gave me a freakin' kidney!. . 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."