BOSTON (CBS) – A world-renowned surgeon just received an award that’s rarely given out – not from any medical group, but from the Boy Scouts.

Dr. William Hardy Hendren III, who for 25 years has performed life-changing surgeries, received the distinguished Eagle Award.

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He’s Chief of Surgery Emeritus at Children’s Hospital Boston, an honorary surgeon at Mass General, a Professor of Surgery at Harvard, and in 1942, became an Eagle Scout.

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The Boy Scouts honored him on Wednesday.

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Another Eagle Scout, former Governor Michael Dukakis gave him the award.