Britain’s oldest person with Down syndrome is celebrating beating the odds on his 77th birthday. George Wildgust’s parents were told by doctors that he wouldn’t live past the age of 10.
Having surpassed that milestone and many more, George took the time to celebrate his birthday with family and friends.
Nikki Wright is George’s niece, and she visits him weekly. She’s proud of the life he’s lived. “It’s amazing for him to get to this age. My grandma was told he would not live past 10 years old because of his Down syndrome. But they were wrong. Look at him now,” she told Inside Edition.
“It’s probably because he had such a lovely childhood with my grandma and granddad,” she continued.
“And when he came into the home as well he really was looked after.”
George’s parents have died, but he has a sibling with whom he regularly FaceTimes. His niece also credits good times with his friends and girlfriend, as well as his love of dancing, for keeping him going throughout the years. He’s surpassed the life expectancy for a person with Down syndrome by more than 20 years.
“He was always told by his mom that he can do anything and because of that, he has always been very independent,” Nikki explained. “Nobody picked on him, they all took him under their wing and looked after him. It was one big happy community who looked out for each other. So he’s always been very sociable.”
George lives in a home with 12 other residents. “I think being kept busy and socializing here has really helped him. The staff are amazing and it is such a family here,” Nikki noted.
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