Did you know…?
- 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.
- There are 60,000 people in the UK with the condition.
- 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.
- 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.
- Down’s syndrome is not a disease. People with Down’s syndrome are not ill and do not “suffer” from the condition.
- 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.
- Today, people with Down’s syndrome can expect to live to between 40 and 60 years of age on average.
[boxibt style=”success”]Information Courtesy of:
Down’s Syndrome Association,
155 Mitcham Road,
Tel: 0208 682
Fax: 0208 682 4012
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