Atlanta – Dr. Leila Denmark, the world’s oldest doctor, has died at the age of 114 years. She was the oldest practicing physician who is retiring at the age of 103 years. Denmark’s first physician in Henrietta Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta when it was first opened in 1928.
Her grandson Steven Hutcherson said she loved children, seen in the way she handles her patients. “We turn to the next patient, for example, she would say, ‘Who is the next little angel?” he said.
Denmark began to practice pediatrics at her home in Atlanta in 1931 and continued until she retired in 2001. In that year, said Robert Young, senior consultant for gerontology field of Guinness World Records, she was the oldest practicing physicians. She also the fourth oldest living person in the world when she died, said Young.
Throughout her career, she always settle near her office, where children and parents can see him right away if you need immediate treatment.
“The kids would come and she will spend as much time as needed to help restore their health condition,” said Hutcherson.
Bleak economic times hit the United States, she took care of some of Atlanta’s poorest children as a volunteer at the Baby Clinic of Central Presbyterian near the state capital of Atlanta, said her daughter, Mary Hutcherson. She also helped other poor people who have no other way to get medical care by bringing their sick children to the clinic.
Denmark also received several honors during her career, including the Fisher Award in 1935 for outstanding research in the diagnosis, treatment, and whooping cough immunization.
Her family said that eternal love is the key to job longevity, in addition to keeping your diet.