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Haumea Friel, 5, is chosen as Hawaii’s Children’s Miracle Network champion

  • Video by Leila Fujimori

    Five-year-old Haumea Friel walks, twirls and leaps into her father's waiting arms -- all with the help of seldom performed surgeries to overcome a rare condition and a glittery purple prosthetic leg she dubbed "Sparkle."

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                                Former champion Madison Charles presented Haumea Friel with the champion medal Tuesday.

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    Former champion Madison Charles presented Haumea Friel with the champion medal Tuesday.

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                                Kim Physical therapist Stacie Keliinoi works with Haumea Friel during a rehabilitation therapy visit.

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    Kim Physical therapist Stacie Keliinoi works with Haumea Friel during a rehabilitation therapy visit.

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                                Haumea will serve as Hawai‘i’s ambassador through the national program presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Princesses with Haumea. Mahealani Sims-Tulba, left, Miss Aloha Latina 2020, Makaila Natividad, Miss Hawaii Outstanding Teen 2019. Haumea Friel, Nikki Holbrook Miss Hawaii 2019, Carly Yoshida, Miss Kona Coffee 2020.

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    Haumea will serve as Hawai‘i’s ambassador through the national program presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Princesses with Haumea. Mahealani Sims-Tulba, left, Miss Aloha Latina 2020, Makaila Natividad, Miss Hawaii Outstanding Teen 2019. Haumea Friel, Nikki Holbrook Miss Hawaii 2019, Carly Yoshida, Miss Kona Coffee 2020.

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                                Above, Haumea, center, and her parents — Calen Friel, left, and Kainoa Friel — gathered with physical therapist Stacie Keliinoi and Dr. William Burkhalter, both from Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Above, Haumea, center, and her parents — Calen Friel, left, and Kainoa Friel — gathered with physical therapist Stacie Keliinoi and Dr. William Burkhalter, both from Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

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                                Above, Haumea Friel was chosen to serve as Hawaii’s ambassador through the national program presented by Children’s Miracle Network.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Above, Haumea Friel was chosen to serve as Hawaii’s ambassador through the national program presented by Children’s Miracle Network.

Five-year-old Haumea Friel walks, twirls and leaps into her father’s waiting arms — all with the help of seldom performed surgeries to overcome a rare condition and a glittery purple prosthetic leg she dubbed “Sparkle.” Read more

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