Sarah Hyland has bravely unveiled the scars from her 16 surgeries as part of a tearful interview.
The actress, 28, revealed earlier this week that she experienced suicidal thoughts following the failure of her first kidney transplant and underwent a second operation in 2017.
Breaking down in tears in an interview with Self magazine, the Modern Family star spoke openly about kidney dialysis and how she’s not letting her scars define her.
Calling the area of her scars her KUPA – kidney upper p***y area, she confessed that although she’s on the mend, it’s still hard to show off.
‘For me it’s always hard for KUPA to be on display,’ she shared.
‘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 showcased the scars from her surgery and likened them to ‘a samurai sword attack or a shark bite’.
The Modern Family actress also explained that she had undergone seven surgeries before the age of four and since then the number racked up to approximately 16 before the age of 27.
2012 saw Sarah undergo her first kidney transplant, donated by her dad Edward James.
However towards the end of 2016, the kidney began to fail, for reasons that are still unknown.
‘We did all of these tests and all of these 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 said.
The beauty then underwent dialysis three times a week – each for four hour sessions between February 2017 and October 2017.
It was in July last year that she found out 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,’ she tearfully confessed.
‘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.’
Thankfully, Sarah confirmed during the interview that there’s been no rejection to the second kidney transplant and that she is ‘healed and the numbers are good’.
On Valentine’s Day of 2017, Hyland went on dialysis, causing her weight to plummet, before she had the transplanted kidney removed in May 2017.
Sarah added that the physical ailments had a huge effect on her mental health too, and she even contemplated suicide.
‘For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn’t want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad.’
The actress said that her radio DJ and former Bachelorette contestant boyfriend Wells Adams has been a huge support over the past year after they first met three days before her second transplant.
‘He was texting me in the morning before I went into surgery, and we were FaceTiming the entire time I was in the hospital.’
‘He’s seen me at my worst… He was there through all of that. I think that’s why I feel the most beautiful in his eyes, because he still finds me beautiful after seeing all that.’
Kidney dysplasia occurs when one or both of a fetus’ kidneys do not develop normally, and the star has always been candid on social media about her health battles.
Sarah was diagnosed with condition as a child, and in May, she revealed some of her health struggles, including how her weight has dropped to 87 pounds, with hopes to one day lift weights again.
Sarah also suffers from endometriosis, a painful chronic reproductive health condition and also developed an abdominal hernia earlier this year.