Sarah Hyland (star of the hit TV show Modern Family) recently revealed that a little over a month ago she had a kidney transplant.
According to the June/July 2012 issue of Seventeen magazine, Hyland “who got the kidney from her father and gave the interview while recovering from surgery, says the whole experience taught her who she can really lean on in times of need.” Indeed, it is Sarah’s boyfriend who has been overseeing her daily care during recuperation, which underscores the critical need for a strong support network.
Hyland’s story is receiving wide media coverage and will help raise overall awareness of kidney donation. But almost of the stories play up the Hollywood angle and pass up the opportunity to explore recent progress in kidney donation–which is unfortunate.
For different perspectives on Hyland’s kidney dysplasia and transplant story, check it out at Seventeen magazine, ABC News, the Washington Post, and the HuffPo websites. Also, there are at least a dozen YouTube videos. Moms and Dads in PKD families can use Seventeen and the YouTube videos to support family sharing and learning.