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April 25, 1977

Prolonged Survival in Down Syndrome

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Belchertown State School Belchertown, Mass

JAMA. 1977;237(17):1827. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270440017011

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To the Editor.—  I read with interest the recent article by Dr C. H. McGowen (237:673, 1977) entitled "Prolonged Survival in a Patient with Down Syndrome."I have worked with mentally retarded persons for more than 13 years and have had the opportunity and experience of providing medical care to many patients with Down syndrome. One of my patients who died in 1971 was 70 years 11 months of age. Another patient died in 1973 at the age of 68 years 4 months. Finally, another who died just two months ago was aged 66 years 10 months. The oldest resident with a diagnosis of Down syndrome present at this school is 65 years 3 months of age.If Dr McGowen inquires of other state facilities for the mentally retarded or perhaps throughout the country, I am sure that he will find many patients with Down syndrome who are more than