When a person is born with Down Syndrome, they are often neglected and are insulted in person. There are many times when the humiliation and torture from the society can impact the lifespan of the person!
Here is a story of a person named 'Kenny', who is known to be the world's oldest person with Down Syndrome!
Check out the story of his beautiful journey and how he still manages to have this infectious smile on his face all the time!
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He Was Born In 1939
At the time of birth, he was mistaken to be a still-born baby when he arrived with his twin sister Dorothy. Doctors claimed that he would roughly have a life expectancy of just 12 years.
He Proved Them Wrong!
In the year 2008, Kenny was declared as the world's oldest living man with Down Syndrome by the Guinness Book of World Records. He got this recognition when he was at the Wisteria House care home in Tintinhull, Yeovil, Somerset.
He Has Been In The Care Home For The Last 5 Years
Ann Nicholson, the manager of the care home, where he is currently residing, said, "Since his birthday last year, he has maintained general good health with no significant changes. He is happy and always has a smile for everyone- Kenny can brighten anyone's day with his smile and laughter. He's very affectionate and loves having kisses and cuddles; he often says 'cuddle me'. Kenny is one in a million, and we are so lucky to have him in our lives at Wisteria House."
His Sister Survived Till Adulthood
His sister survived till adulthood, but a few years back, she breathed her last. He stayed with his mother until she passed away in her late 90s, after which he has been staying in the care home.
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The Staff At The Care Home Says That...
"He loves to play his harmonica, eat sweet treats and even share jokes with fellow residents which make him the most loved man in the care home."
Kenny's Niece Had This To Say...
Marie Shotton who is Kenny's niece said that, "Now people with Down syndrome are treated equally and respected, but my nan said that back in the day it wasn't like that. She fought a lot of battles for him and really devoted her life to Kenny. His father Samuel, who adored him as his little boy, had a bike with a sidecar, and Kenny used to drive around in it to go to the local pubs. He's marvellous, and people in the village where he grew up still ask about him."
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