What is Down’s Syndrome?
Around one in every 1000 babies born in the UK will have Down’s syndrome.
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 the average life expectancy for a person with Down’s syndrome is between 50 and 60. A considerable number of people with Down’s syndrome live into their 60’s.
(Source – www.downs-syndrome.org.uk)