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

Brave Kenny Cridge, described as “one in a million”, was never expected to reach his teenage years

THE 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.

Staff at the care home in Yeovil where Kenny has lived for five years said that he can ‘brighten anyone’s day with his smile’
 Kenny Cridge, who is the oldest living Down's syndrome sufferer, is pictured here celebrating his 76th birthday with friends last year

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Kenny Cridge, who is the oldest living Down’s syndrome sufferer, is pictured here celebrating his 76th birthday with friends last year
 When Kenny was younger he became very popular and well known in the local village for riding in a side-car on his dad's bike

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When Kenny was younger he became very popular and well known in the local village for riding in a side-car on his dad’s bike
 Kenny's twin sister Dorothy arrived in the world moments before her brother to the surprise of doctors and his mother

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Kenny’s twin sister Dorothy arrived in the world moments before her brother to the surprise of doctors and his mother

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.”

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