Living beyond 70 is in itself a wonder, but one 75-year-old British woman named, Frances Gillett, is said to be the oldest woman on Earth with Down’s syndrome.
Born on July 31, 1941, considering the era she was born into and the medical availability then, she was predicted to live only till her 20’s. But the life expectancy for those with such genetic disorders has risen exponentially, to around 60, says the National Down Syndrome Society.
Celebrating her 75th milestone, her loved ones and friends of the care center she considers home, all threw her a surprise birthday party, as they did not want to make it just another birthday but a true celebration.
Frances became a resident, but more like another family member, around 20 years ago when her father passed and her mother needed help of her own.1
With around 60 relatives, friends and former colleagues, Frances celebrated her birthday a few days before the actual day. She was so surprised by this party, she even ran up to the first person she saw and gave them a hug and a kiss.
As a vote of confidence for those also battling their own illnesses or conditions, Frances’s case is especially significant. She has recovered from tuberculosis and breast cancer just around a decade ago, all with that ever-changing energy and enthusiasm. Even after she came out of her mastectomy all she wanted to do was give everyone a hug.
Considering the severity of Down’s syndrome, the Guinness World Records has not kept track of the longest-lived survivors of it. The last recorded was of an Illinois woman who lived to be 83 but died due to complications from a broken hip. But, maybe it will be considered recording again because of how life-expectancy is being redefined and increased due to the progress of medical technology and sciences.
With Frances being a stellar example of that.
Frances proudly showed her gifts off and has lived to touch so many lives and hearts. Inspiring everyone present at the celebration and hopefully whoever reads this, that happiness and kindness may be the keys to longevity after all.
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