World’s oldest person with Down’s syndrome celebrates his 77th birthday at his care home

This story appeared in The Sun on February 21, 2017.

Kenny CridgeTHE world’s oldest Down’s syndrome sufferer who was never expected to live beyond 12 has now celebrated his 77th birthday.

Doctors suspected Kenny Cridge was stillborn when he arrived in 1939 with his twin sister Dorothy.

Despite not being expected to make it into his teenage years, Kenny has defied the odds.

Last Wednesday he celebrated the incredible milestone at the Wisteria House care home in Tintinhull, Yeovil, Somerset.

Its manager Ann Nicholson, 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 his 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 mum Iris had no idea she was having twins and doctors had to frantically save Kenny when he showed signs of life, after appearing to have been stillborn.

Staff at the care home, where Kenny has lived for five years, said he still enjoys playing his harmonica, eating sweet treats and joking with fellow residents.

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