After surviving 16 surgeries, Sarah Hyland praises little brother for donating his kidney to save her

Over the last few years, Sarah Hyland, who was born with kidney dysplasia, has been open with her health struggles.

In total she has gone through 16 surgeries.

After her first kidney transplant form her father in 2012, she said her kidneys began to fail, which led her to a second kidney transplant from her younger brother, Ian, in 2017.

She recently posted a message on her Instagram, praising her brother:

“2 years ago today my precious little brother gave me the gift of life,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Thank you for not only giving me your f—— kidney but for everything else you do.”

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Her brother posted about it as well, saying:

“Happy Kidneyversary to an incredible older sister and all around bad—,” he posted. “I am so happy that you are living your dreams and have such an incredible year and life ahead of you. You make me so proud to be your brother. I love you, sis!”

Back in March, the actress shared her health journey in an appearance on Good Morning America, stating:

“You have to actively stay positive throughout things,” she said. “It can take a toll on your mental health and on your body, but as long as you surround yourself with the right people and stay positive … I’m good.”

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In addition, she shares how she leans into her Modern Family cast mates for support.

“You have to compartmentalize everything, and being at work is just so amazing to me because it’s what I love. I’ve been doing it for 24 years now,” she explained. “The cast is amazing, the crew is amazing. We’re in our 10th season now and most of our crew members have been with us since day one, so I’ve really grown up with these people.

“They always can tell when I’m not feeling well,” she continued. “Even our props guy [will say], ‘I’m here if you need anything.’ They’ve been really amazing to me.”