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'Modern Family' star Hyland has kidney transplant

Monday, May 14, 2012
From left, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould speak in the audience at Nickelodeons 25th Annual Kids Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

From left, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould speak in the audience at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland has had a kidney transplant after a lifetime of pain and fatigue.

The 21-year-old actress, who plays big-eyed teenager Haley Dunphy on the hit ABC comedy, told ABC's "Good Morning America" for a report aired Monday that she had the surgery in April,

At age 9, she was diagnosed with abnormal kidney development. The condition often left her exhausted or in pain. But as her health grew worse, she began seeking an organ donor. Her father, actor Edward James Hyland, was a match.

She says she tells her dad, "It's weird - I've got your kidney in me."

Hyland plans to spend the show's summer hiatus recovering from her surgery.

Her secret struggle is also reported in the current issue of Seventeen magazine.

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