Did you know…?

  1. Two babies with Down’s syndrome are born every day in the UK. Around one in every 1000 babies born will have Down’s syndrome.
  2. There are 60,000 people in the UK with the condition.
  3. Although the chance of a baby having Down’s syndrome is higher for older mothers, more babies with Down’s syndrome are born to younger women.
  4. Down’s syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells. It occurs by chance at conception and is irreversible.
  5. Down’s syndrome is not a disease. People with Down’s syndrome are not ill and do not “suffer” from the condition.
  6. People with the syndrome will have a degree of learning difficulty. However, most people with Down’s syndrome will walk and talk and many will read and write, go to ordinary schools and lead fulfilling, semi-independent lives.
  7. Today, people with Down’s syndrome can expect to live to between 40 and 60 years of age on average.
Information Courtesy of:
Down’s Syndrome Association,
155 Mitcham Road,
London
SW17 9PG.

Tel: 0208 682
Fax: 0208 682 4012
E-mail: info@down’s-sydrome.co.uk

For Further information visit the website
www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

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