working surgeon turns 90 this year and
with 10,000 operations already under her belt, she has no plans to retire.
Alla Ilyinichna Levushkina, 89, has worked with a scalpel in her hand for 68 years and still carries out four surgeries a day at Ryazan City Hospital near Moscow.
At (4ft 9in), she has a special step to stand on to make sure she can reach her patients.
The 89-year-old worked in the air medical services for 30 years, when she treated patients living in the Russian wilderness. .
.She has now returned to Ryazan where she grew up and studied, and her appetite and drive has not wavered. ‘Being a doctor isn’t just a profession but a lifestyle,’ she told Lite FM when asked why she hasn’t retired.
‘If I stopped working, who is going to perform the surgeries?’ .
The pensioner has steady hands despite her age, and regularly has to deal with invalids who feel uneasy with her treating them.
One patient called Irina told Lite FM: ‘
At first I felt I couldn’t trust a surgeon who is so old, but after she palpitated me with her firm fingers – all doubts gone.’ Alla refers to herself as the ‘racing horse’, because she is immediately filled with energy when she enters the operation theatre.She will turn 90 on May 5.