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Her age is 95, "but inside she is much younger"

Esther Barbieri

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Esther Barbieri is the oldest heart patient Dr. Robert James Cusimano has ever operated on – and now she’s dancing again!

Unquestionably, the most striki​ng thing about Esther Barbieri is how young she looks. A youthf​ul, radiant glow sweeps across her elegant face and belies her age.

She is the matriarch of a huge, close-knit family – nine children, 30 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, five greatgreat-grandchildren – scattered across three different continents.

A native of Peru, Esther has been a picture of health for almost all of her 95 years. Active, independent, a lover of dance and travel, Esther is also an avid walker – known to outrun just about anyone to catch the bus.