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'Modern Family' star Sarah Hyland reveals kidney transplant

Actress Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley Dunphy on the ABC comedy sitcom 'Modern Family,' is seen during an interview with ABC News in May 2012.

May 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
One of the stars of "Modern Family" has her own family to thank for a life-saving surgery.

Actress Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley Dunphy on the ABC comedy, recently revealed she's been battling a kidney disease since she was a little girl.

At age 9, she was diagnosed with abnormal kidney development. Her condition left her in pain, exhausted, and in desperate need of a transplant. Without a donor, the 21-year-old faced a life on dialysis.

"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," Hyland said.

She began the search for a donor, who ended up being closer than she thought. Her own father, actor Edward James Hyland, was a perfect match, and in April she underwent the transplant surgery.

Hyland will spend the summer recovering now that there's a break taping the show.