Norton Children’s Hospital is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a 4,200-square-foot, interactive exhibit at Frazier History Museum.

The exhibit at Frazier, 829 W Main St., will display locally made medical equipment, show visitors what it’s like to be a patient on an ambulance ride and allow them to explore a three-dimensional heart designed for a local 14-month-old. The hospital said in a release that visitors also would get to see some “real and surprising items kids have swallowed (and the hospital has removed) over the years.”

The exhibit also will guide visitors on a journey through historic events including the Great Depression, the Great Flood of 1937, WWII, polio epidemics, desegregation and the Carrollton bus crash of 1988.

The hospital said that the exhibit “digs deep into the archives to engage visitors in stories about the hospital’s historic and humble beginnings, including its first patient — 5-year-old Radford Duff, who was given a shot of whiskey before surgery because anesthesia was not yet available.”

The exhibit, “Hope and Healing: Celebrating 125 Years of Norton Children’s Hospital,” will run through Feb. 4. Until then, the hospital and museum also will hold activities to promote health and mindfulness.

Courtesy of Norton Children’s Hospital

According to Norton, the 267-bed hospital “is the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine.” It was founded after a tornado strike in Louisville in March 1890 killed 76 and injured 200, including a large number of children. It opened in 1892.

Norton is a Louisville-based nonprofit health system with more than 40 locations, about 2,000 beds and more than 13,000 employees and about $2 billion in annual revenue.

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