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From breakthroughs that transformed the past to innovations that will shape the future

Even in a region teeming with world-class medical centers, Boston Children’s stands out. On the hospital’s anniversary, the Globe set out to chronicle its impact over generations.

Bubble parade
Kevin and Becky McAvoy escort their 2-year-old daughter, Avery, for her bubble parade at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2015.

The happiest tradition at Boston Children’s Hospital

The heartwarming way the hospital says farewell to oncology patients after their treatment.

A Medical Mystery
Robbie (shown with her mom) was the 10th person in the world diagnosed with SPG47.

The odds of my daughter developing her medical condition were 1 in 750 million

Diagnosing SPG47 was only one of the challenges. Now, we’re going to find a cure.

Neonatal care
Developmental psychologist Heidelise Als has spent 46 years at Boston Children’s.

One woman’s quest to improve care for premature babies

Heidelise Als has spent decades getting hospitals to listen to their neediest patients, so all babies can benefit.

A Pioneer
Former patient Lorraine Sweeney Nicoli during Boston Children’s 150th anniversary pregame  ceremony at  Fenway Park.

At 88, she recalls the daring heart surgery that saved her life in 1938

Her surgeon risked his career, but he helped save her life.

Ayesha Cammaerts, of Boston Children’s Hospital, stands and listens during a neighborhood meeting in Roxbury.

Can community investment improve health? Boston Children’s is spending $53 million to find out

The hospital is working with local nonprofits to change social factors that influence children’s health.

Engineer Stephen Wilson and his colleagues use 3-D printers to create lifelike models that help surgical teams prepare for procedures.

Three ways technology is transforming care at Children’s Hospital

From 3-D printers that allow surgical teams to practice, to a robotic helping hand, these innovations are helping doctors do what they do best.

The Messenger
Kathy Delaney updates a parent on her child’s procedure.

Outside the operating room, this nurse is there to help anxious families

Surgical liaisons bring stressed-out parents reports on their kids, plus snacks.