Oldest Person With Down Syndrome Kenny Cridge Turns 77!

Oldest Person With Down Syndrome Kenny Cridge Turns 77!


The story of Kenny Cridge is truly an amazing one and can light up everyone’s soul! This is one of the rare instances when I’ll read something that warms my heart and it brings back hope in humanity.

Namely, Kenny Cridge became the oldest living person with Down Syndrome last week upon turning 77.

Cridge and his twin sister were born into this world back in 1939. His sister Dorothy came as a surprise to the doctors and his mom minutes before him.

The doctors suspected that he was stillborn when they first laid eyes on him.


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Not only was he not expected to live till the age of 77, but it was also hardly imaginable for him and cases alike to live past the 12th year.

However, Kenny proved them all wrong!

He was officially named the world’s oldest living man with Down’s syndrome in 2008 by Guinness World Records.


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Kenny grew to be a young and healthy, happy boy, who would ride around the village in a side-car on his dad’s bike.

He has spent the last five years in Wisteria House care home in Tintinhull, Yeovil, Somerset. He celebrated his birthday there last week at the shared joy of everyone who knows him there.


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“Kenny is one in a million and we are so lucky to have him in our lives at Wisteria House,” said nurse Ann Nicholson.

Of his sunny disposition, she had to add:“He is happy and always has a smile for everyone – Kenny can brighten anyone’s day with his smile and his laughter.”

“He’s very affectionate and loves having kisses and cuddles, he often says ‘cuddle me’.”

Of his favorite past time activities, playing harmonica, eating sweet treats and joking with fellow residents are his favorites.

One would think that every human being on this planet has the God-given right to equal treatment and even though conditions such as Down Syndrome is something that’s accepted nowadays as normal, that was not the case in the past.

Down Syndrome, also known as trisomy 21 is the chromosomal abnormality that occurs as a random event during the formation of reproductive cells in a parent.

It is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21.

It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability.


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Niece Marie Shotton addressed this issue in a previous interview.

“Now people with Down’s 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.”

Kenny lived with his mother in Hinton St George, Somerset, until her death in the 90s.

He then had to move in with nephew Kevin Griffiths. His final destination was Wisteria House care home where he found another family who cherishes him dearly.

h/t The Huffington Post

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