Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Long Life with Down Syndrome

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. — In every non-biological way, Jackie Pepin was a little girl.
She dressed her baby dolls each morning at a group home for people with developmental disabilities.
She adored cheap watches and was proud of her ability to tell time.
She enjoyed coloring books and walking a cockapoo she had named Happy.
Chronologically, however, Ms. Pepin stood out for her advanced age, having lived a dozen years past the average life expectancy for people with Down syndrome.
Ms. Pepin died Saturday at Brandon Regional Hospital, a possible result of blood clotting and other circulatory problems, her family said.
She was 72.

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