‘World’s Oldest Woman With Down’s Syndrome ’ Defies The Odds To Celebrate 75th Birthday

Picture shows  Frances Gillett  the oldest woman in the world with Down's syndrome celebrating her  birthday with friends in Ely,Cambs.Frances turns 75 this weekend.

Frances Gillett, who is celebrating her 75th BIRTHDAY this weekend, is believed to be the oldest woman in the world with Down's syndrome.

Frances, who has remarkably also battled against breast cancer and tuberculosis, has beaten all the odds to reach the age of 75.

When she was born in the 1940's the average life expectancy for someone with Down's syndrome was mid-20's, but amazingly Frances will turn 75 on Sunday (July 31).

She has also celebrated her special milestone birthday with a party for family and friends at Holly Cottage, the residential home where she lives, in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

She is the same age as Dollie Grissom, from Oklahoma in America, who also has Downs syndrome and until now was thought to be the oldest woman alive with the condition.

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Frances Gillett, who is believed to be the oldest woman in the world with Down’s syndrome, has just celebrated her 75th birthday.

Gillett celebrated her big day on Sunday 31 July at the care home where she lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

“Frances is really and truly amazing and over the years she has become more than a resident, she is like family,” Wayne Bent, who part owns the care home, told the Mail Online.

“Years ago there was zero expectancy for someone with Down’s syndrome to live such a long life, so for her to celebrate her 75th birthday is wonderful.”

Frances Gillett celebrating her big day.

Down’s syndrome is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and characteristic physical features.

Around 775 babies are born with it each year in England and Wales.

When Gillett was born in 1941, people with Down’s syndrome were only expected to live to their mid to late twenties

But she defied the odds and, despite battling breast cancer and tuberculosis, she lived to celebrate her 75th birthday.

To mark her special day, the care home threw Gillett a surprise party at Little Downham Village Hall with family and friends.

Wayne Bent said it was an “absolutely fantastic day” and told the Ely Standard that Gillett was showered with presents and cards.

Gillett is now believed to be the oldest living woman with Down’s syndrome.

It is thought that Joe Sanderson, from Cleveland, Lancashire, is the oldest living man with Down’s syndrome. He celebrated his 80th birthday in March.

According to the Down’s Syndrome Association, people with Down’s syndrome today are estimated to live until they are 50 and 60, with a small number of people living into their seventies.

Source: huffingtonpost

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