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93-year-old doctor still works, has no intention of slowing down

Posted at 3:25 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 15:25:26-04

NEW YORK — Most people would relax as they celebrate a 93rd birthday, but Dr. Melissa Freeman has no intention of slowing down.

She's practiced internal medicine for nearly 65 years and still works several days a week at her own medical practice in Manhattan. Freeman specializes in treating opioid addiction. That may sound like a lot for most, but not for Freeman.

"I do intend to do some other things," she said. "I have to do more."

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She told WPIX she's only doing what she's "supposed to do."

"That's to reach out and help," Freeman said. "As long as I have the opportunity, I know that I must continue to do it."

Freeman is the granddaughter of a freed slave who, following the Emancipation Proclamation, moved to New York City to start a family.

She continues that tradition of excellence.