On “Modern Family,” Sarah Hyland portrays Haley, a boy-crazy teen who’s most worried about the relationship with her on-again, off-again boyfriend and whether she’ll get into college. But in real life, the 21-year-old actress has quietly been dealing with a medical issue that make those problems seem, well, quite small. As she reveals exclusively to Seventeen magazine in a new interview, Hyland’s fought a lifelong battle with kidney dysplasia, a condition in which a baby’s kidneys don’t develop properly in the womb. In early April, she received a kidney transplant from her father, actor Edward James Hyland. “I have a second chance at life, not a lot of people get that,” she tells the mag in her first interview about the transplant.
Hyland is particularly grateful for the lessons she’s learned from all of this. The greatest, she says, are that “You know that family is always going to be there for you — no matter what. My dad gave me a freakin’ kidney!” Hyland explains. “But it’s also the families that you create outside of your 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.” Someone who’s certainly been there for the New York City native in this particularly trying time is her boyfriend since 2009 that she now lives with, “High School Musical 3″ actor 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,” Hyland notes. “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.”
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