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Happy World Down Syndrome Day

Posted Jun 12 2009 6:43pm

As previously mentioned today is World Down Syndrome Day, marking 50 years since the publication of Professor Jerome Lejeune’s discovery that an extra copy of chromosome 21 was responsible for the syndrome identified by John Langdon Down.

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I’m not entirely sure how one is supposed to mark World Down Syndrome Day, and there are no events planned for the UK anyway, as far as I can tell, but it is somewhat fitting that I will be spending most of the day on a flight to California, the state I was physically located in when I entered the metaphorical state of Illinois as we received the news of G’s diagnosis.

As it happens the anniversary of that day falls on the last day of my US trip and is also the day G is scheduled for his six-month heart scan. Obviously I would rather be present for such an important occasion but rather than wait for another appointment we decided to go ahead with the scan while I am away.

Obviously I am hoping that I am not awoken by another late night phone call. I don’t want to tempt fate by saying any more at this stage.

As previously mentioned today is World Down Syndrome Day, marking 50 years since the publication of Professor Jerome Lejeune’s discovery that an extra copy of chromosome 21 was responsible for the syndrome identified by John Langdon Down.

wdsd_logo_550

I’m not entirely sure how one is supposed to mark World Down Syndrome Day, and there are no events planned for the UK anyway, as far as I can tell, but it is somewhat fitting that I will be spending most of the day on a flight to California, the state I was physically located in when I entered the metaphorical state of Illinois as we received the news of G’s diagnosis.

As it happens the anniversary of that day falls on the last day of my US trip and is also the day G is scheduled for his six-month heart scan. Obviously I would rather be present for such an important occasion but rather than wait for another appointment we decided to go ahead with the scan while I am away.

Obviously I am hoping that I am not awoken by another late night phone call. I don’t want to tempt fate by saying any more at this stage.

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