Frances Gillet is defying all odds, and inspiring people everywhere.
She is reported to be the oldest woman in the world with Down syndrome, and on Sunday, she celebrated her 75th birthday.
A true fighter, Gillet has overcome many obstacles where the odds were not in her favor.
She was born in 1941, a time when babies who were born with Down syndrome were only expected to live to their mid-20s.
Not only that, but in the last 12 years alone, Gillet has battled both breast cancer and tuberculosis—and won both of her fights.
Twenty years ago, she took a big step by moving out of her parents’ home and into a residential care home.
Wayne Bent is a part owner of Gillet’s care home. He told reporters at her party on Sunday that “Frances is really and truly amazing and over the years she has become more than a resident, she is like family.”
To celebrate her special day, the care home threw Gillet a special surprise party with family and friends.
Gillett is now believed to be the oldest living woman with Down’s syndrome.
Joe Sanderson, from Cleveland, Lancashire, is believed to be the oldest living man with Down’s syndrome. He celebrated his 80th birthday in March.
According to the Down’s Syndrome Association, the life expectancy of people living with Down syndrome today is 55 years old.
We wish Frances many more years of joy and life. She is truly someone who deserves to celebrate!