A healthy lifestyle is one of the secrets to his long life. He still lifts weights and tries to swim every week.
Still active on his feet and still putting a smile on the faces of his patients, Dr. Andy continues to work as a doctor even at the age of 101. Dr. Andy Margileth is one among a dozen physicians in the US that have crossed the big 100 age mark. Even after years on the job, Dr. Andy still has a great time seeing patients at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, according to Inside Edition.
The longtime pediatrician says retirement is definitely not something on the horizon and is showing no signs of wanting to take things slow. As he appeared on an episode of the series called Profiles in Service, airing on CBS News, Dr. Andy revealed that helping people is what pushes him along. "It's a feel-good job. It's not even a job. It's just fun," he said, according to CBS News "What is more important than helping other people?"
Along with being a century-old doctor, Dr. Andy is also a World War II Navy veteran and has earned accolades for his service to the military. For his work in military pediatrics, Dr. Andy also had an award named after him.
Having lived for more than a century, Dr. Andy has seen the world go through plenty, especially in the field of health and medicine. Long before the coronavirus pandemic hit the world, Dr. Andy has seen other diseases affect people at large. And he used to practice medicine even at a time when there were no vaccines to protect people from certain illnesses.
"Polio was so bad. The death rate, the kids who were getting the iron lung, it was awful," Dr. Andy recalled. At the time, Dr. Andy was working on developing vaccines and cures for diseases that were affecting the lives of young children.
Several years have passed since then, Dr. Andy still remembers what it was like to see vaccines help with childhood disease.
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"We gave the kid one dose, and it was literally almost like the leukemia was gone," he recalled. "That is called gratification." Now that he has crossed the age of hundred, Dr. Andy can certainly offer his two cents on what helps with living a long and healthy life. He credits his long life to ground-breaking medical developments and says a healthy lifestyle will also help do the trick.
Dr. Andy makes sure to add some exercise to his weekly routine by trying to swim once or twice a week. In his interview, he was also seen lifting weights to show that he still has the guns.
When he mentioned his drive to still work, Dr. Andy said, "Well, I never wanted to quit, that's my problem."
Reiterating that it was all about offering his service to the country, Dr. Andy went on to say, "If you had to put a headline on this thing, I guess you would say, 'helping people, that's what it's all about.'"
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