The World’s oldest doctor dies at 114

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Updated April 4, 2012

 Dr Leila Denmark, who was the world’s oldest practising doctor  and the world’s fourth oldest living person, has died in the US.

The late Doctor was 114 when she passed away at her home in Athens, Georgia on Monday.

Dr. Demark who began  her paediatrics practice in her Atlanta home in 1931 did not retire till 2001, 70 years later .  Throughout her career, Dr Denmark always kept her office in or near her home, where children and their parents would show up at all hours in need of care. This earned her the distinction of being the world’s oldest practicing physician, said Robert Young, senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records.

Denmark became the first resident physician at Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta when it opened in 1928, said her grandson, Steven Hutcherson of Atlanta. She also admitted the first patient at the hospital, now part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The late doctor treated some of Atlanta’s poorest children as a volunteer at the Central Presbyterian Baby Clinic near the state capitol in Atlanta, said her daughter, Mary Hutcherson of Athens. Mill workers and other poor people who had no other way to get medical care would bring their sick children to the clinic.

Denmark loved her volunteer work at the clinic, just as she loved seeing patients in her home, her daughter said.