Downs Syndrome is not a disease

There is no cure for Downs Syndrome.

The Bulletin News

Downs Syndrome has been in existence for many years and still no one knows why or how it develops. Some scientists and doctors believe it is a genetic “disease” whereas others would refuse to call it a “disease”.
“Down syndrome (DS or DNS), also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability.” (Source:
There is no cure for Downs Syndrome. During the years, with technology and awareness improving, people have realised that proper care and attention have to be given to children with Downs Syndrome. They are exactly like any other child except their development is slower.
In the olden days the life expectancy of a child with Downs Syndrome was approximately 35 years of age. Now, it has been recorded that they can get as old as 85 years old.
In modern society, amongst us, many people have Downs Syndrome and very few people take notice of them. If they do take notice people stare at them, point fingers and inappropriate comments are made. Imagine the fear that a child with Downs Syndrome must feel, with rejection. Imagine the anger and disappointment in fellow human beings the parents feel along with helplessness.
In Trichardt there is a family that brings support and awareness about Downs Syndrome to light. They have been involved with Downs Syndrome for the last two years because of their beautiful little boy Shaun.
When they were told by the doctor that their son was born with Downs Syndrome, they were taken into a private room. The doctor was scared that they would take the news badly but to the doctor’s surprise they were not phased by it at all.
Shaun has been visiting with various therapists to assist him in his development and has even been a part of a modelling show called: Beauty in the Genes.
The Naude family has been very supportive towards other families and have been putting them in contact with the right people to talk to if they cannot assist or help other families (Downs Syndrome South Africa). They started a Facebook page and they deliver business cards to the various hospitals in the area.
– Ané Prinsloo


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