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Hospital leaders say the donation is the largest amount ever given for pediatric surgery.

Dr. Kurt Newman is the hospital's surgeon-in-chief. He says the center will make operations more precise, less invasive and less painful.

Doctors diagnosed Jessica Gregory with the birth defect Spina Bifida before she was born. She's 10 now, and has already had four surgeries to help her spine. After each one, she says she would lie in her hospital bed and push the button for morphine, hoping the pain would go away. Gregory says she knows eliminating pain is a long shot. But if anyone can do it, she says, the people at Children's can.

Children's hospital named the new Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation after the founder and former president of the United Arab Emirates.

Jessica Gould reports...

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