Living Longer

Karen Drury, right, of the Village of Summerhill, celebrates her 60th birthday on Tuesday by the pool with her stepmother Frances Drury, left, at Glenview Country Club.

When Karen Drury was 2, a doctor told her parents they’d be lucky if she lived another five years. The Village of Summerhill resident recently celebrated her 60th birthday. Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has risen dramatically in her lifetime. When Karen was born, people with the genetic disorder lived, on average, to age 10, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That increased to 47 years old by 2007. Today, someone with Down syndrome can live for more than 60 years, depending on the severity of their health problems, Mayo Clinic states. For her father, Jim Drury, Karen has been a miracle child from the moment she was born May 4, 1959, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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