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Transplants transform a family

  • MEGAN SPELMAN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    The Faisca family — Julia, 9, left, Kapono, Dominic, 8, Alex, 6, and Natasha — has finally found relief from kidney problems that nearly proved fatal for two of the children. Julia and Dominic both had kidney transplants to treat cystinosis, a rare hereditary disease.
  • MEGAN SPELMAN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Now free to play like other children, Dominic Faisca, left, and sister Julia roughhouse with brother Alex in the yard of their home in Hawi on the Big Island.

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