Kenny Cridge

Kenny Cridge

British centenarian with Down syndrome
Country: Great Britain

  1. Kenny Crutch: The Longest-Living Person with Down Syndrome
  2. Early Life and Challenges
  3. A Guinness World Record Holder
  4. A Life Full of Love
  5. The Joy of Kenny's Presence
  6. A Life Filled with Family
  7. A Gentleman with a Sense of Humor
  8. A Remarkable Life
  9. A Legacy of Longevity

Kenny Crutch: The Longest-Living Person with Down Syndrome

Kenny Crutch is a British centenarian with Down syndrome, making him the oldest person currently living with the condition. Initially believed to be stillborn, Kenny managed to show signs of life and was resuscitated. Throughout his life, Kenny has always been surrounded by his family and friends, which likely explains his longevity. Born in a time when the average life expectancy for individuals with Down syndrome was only twelve years, Kenny, now 76, continues to amaze everyone with his unwavering and indomitable love for life.

Kenny Cridge

Early Life and Challenges

Kenny Crutch, officially recognized as the world's oldest person with Down syndrome, was born in 1940 and was mistakenly believed to be stillborn by doctors. He came into the world alongside his twin sister, Dorothy. In the 1940s, individuals with Down syndrome rarely survived their teenage years. However, Kenny managed to outlive his sister and brother, largely due to the love and care provided by his family.

Kenny Cridge

A Guinness World Record Holder

Kenny Crutch was awarded the title of the world's oldest person with Down syndrome by the Guinness World Records in 2008. He received an official certificate from the organization. Eight years have passed since then, and Kenny continues to reside in Whisteria House, a nursing home near Yeovil, Somerset. The staff affectionately refer to him as a "true gentleman" and "everyone's favorite."

Kenny Cridge

A Life Full of Love

Kenny's proud niece, Mary Shotton, stated, "Nowadays, people with Down syndrome are treated equally and respected. But my grandmother used to tell me that things were very different in the past." She fought for Kenny multiple times and dedicated her entire life to him. Kenny's father, Samuel, adored him and even attached a pram to his bicycle, allowing Kenny to ride around the county while his father visited local pubs.

The Joy of Kenny's Presence

Kenny's birth on February 15th came as a surprise to his mother, Iris, who had no idea she was carrying twins. For a few minutes after Dorothy's birth, Kenny was thought to be lifeless. However, he somehow indicated that it was too early to count him out, and he was successfully resuscitated. Mary Shotton added, "When Kenny and Dorothy were babies, they lay side by side in a cardboard box filled with cotton wool."

A Life Filled with Family

Kenny lived with his mother in Hinton St. George, Somerset, until Iris passed away in her 80s. He then lived with his nephew, Kevin Griffiths, for some time until moving to a nursing home three years ago. The nursing home staff attests that Kenny still plays his harmonica, enjoys sweet treats, and jokes with other residents.

A Gentleman with a Sense of Humor

Anne Nicholson, the manager of the nursing home, said, "To some, Kenny's age may not seem significant (as it's not a round number), but for Kenny himself, it's another important milestone." She continued, "Every day, Kenny brings absolute joy. He smiles most of the time, then goes to sleep and wakes up with a smile again." Kenny is a true gentleman, a very gentle person. He loves to express his emotions and enjoys his food.

A Remarkable Life

Despite his speech limitations, Kenny loves to communicate, laugh, and has a great sense of humor. He enjoys reading newspapers and frequently plays his harmonica. He loves being around people, and everyone loves being around him. Kenny is a universal favorite. His excellent manners and gallantry are undoubtedly a result of his parents' upbringing.

A Legacy of Longevity

Bert Holbrook from Minnesota, USA, held the title of the oldest man with Down syndrome until his passing in 2012 at the age of 84. Dollie Grissom from Oklahoma, USA, is believed to be the oldest woman with Down syndrome, currently 73 years old. On average, 775 children are born with Down syndrome in England and Wales each year.

A representative from the Down Syndrome Association stated, "It's wonderful that people with Down syndrome are living longer than ever before, thanks to medical advancements and the care and love of those around them."