Tue, 15 May 2012 04:15:03 ET
The Haley Dunphy of 'Modern Family' says she got the new kidney from her father and got moral supports from her boyfriend Matt Prokop during the recovery process.
has just opened up about her serious health issue. Gracing the cover of magazine's upcoming edition, she revealed in an interview with the publication that she was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia at the age of nine, and that she got a kidney transplant on April 13, 2012.
The youth ambassador for the Lopez Foundation got the kidney from her father. "My dad gave me a freakin' kidney!" she said, before crediting his family and "the families that you create outside of your family" for their support.
The 21-year-old actress went on praising her boyfriend Matt Prokop for being there for her during the recovery process. "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," she shared before adding, "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."
In another interview with "Good Morning America", Hyland shared her struggle with the disease. She admitted, "I would be in a lot of pain a lot of the time. If I didn't get, like, 12 hours of sleep, It felt, like - It felt, like, none at all." On how she hid her pain from "Modern Family" fans, she revealed that she would often have scenes wherein she's sitting down or texting on her phone.
Of a positive thing she learned from her illness, the brunette beauty said, "It was just amazing, and it really opened my eyes to see who's there for me and who's not." She is also grateful for having "a second chance at life," reasoning, "Not a lot of people get that."
: Sarah Hyland
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