89 Year old is World's Oldest Surgeon
Wednesday, 08 February 2017

Meet Alla Ilyinichna Levushkina.

At 89 years old and standing at a petite 4ft 9ins she is thought to be the world’s oldest working surgeon.

The Russian still performs operations four days a week, from her vantage point perched atop a stool – to allow her the best possible view of her patients.

A Facebook post reveals that Alla, from Ryazan, southeast of Moscow, begins each day at 8am holding a clinic for her patients.

Three hours later, she heads to theatres at Hospital Number 11 in Ryazan to begin her day’s operating list.

There an assistant helps her up on to a small platform to give her a better view of her patient on the operating table.

Over the course of her 67-year career Alla has performed more than 10,000 surgeries.

However, medicine isn’t always where she saw her career going – she originally wanted to be a geologist, reports Russian newspaper Kommersant.

But she was inspired to become a surgeon after reading a novel about doctors and went on to study at the Moscow Medical Institute.

She told the newspaper that, at the the time, there was fierce competition to get a place at the institute but that only made her more determined.

Alla chose to specialise in proctology, a field of medicine that deals with bowel and rectal problems.

She said at the time you could count all the proctologists in Russia on one hand and no one wanted to handle that part of the body because it was too messy, but that was no deterrent for her.

"To be a surgeon is not just a job, it's a way of life. If I stop working, who is going to do the surgeries?" asks Alla through a smile. She says she hasn't managed to invent cure for immortality, but seems to have found one for longevity - I eat everything, I laugh a lot, and I cry a lot - says Alla.


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