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A look back: Our most popular stories of 2018

Top stories of 2018
PHOTO DESIGN: SEBASTIAN STANKIEWICZ/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our most popular stories from the past year, from ground-breaking surgery and clinical trials to stories of unbelievable courage and hope.

Thank you to the many families and patients who kindly shared their stories with us in 2018. As always, you continue to inspire us.


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‘Finally who I should be’: Meet Zack

Following phalloplasty, Zack's transition is complete.
Zack with part of his care team: Elizabeth Boskey, Dr. Amir Taghinia, Dr. Oren Ganor and Dr. David Diamond. (ALL PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ZACK HOGLE)

Zack Hogle woke up feeling groggy, sore and — at last — whole. He had just undergone more than 14 hours of surgery, but he was elated. “When I looked down at my body, I couldn’t stop crying,” he says. “I finally felt like myself.”

The surgery was the last step in what had been a lifelong journey. Growing up in a small town in Western Massachusetts, Zack, now 24, says he always knew he felt different. “I hated my body,” he remembers. “I thought, ‘I’m not the same as other kids and this isn’t okay.’” It wasn’t until he was in high school that he learned the word transgender and what that meant. The realization was a turning point.

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