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I What I knew I remember looking at my cousin Ricky and wondering why he looked so different He was the only one in a family of dark skinned Hispanics who was stark white He had blond hair beady blue eyes a stocky body frame and a laugh that echoed throughout the mountains of Tucson Most of the time he was his happy jovial self but the rest of the time he was sick I can remember how paranoid everyone would get anytime someone got a slight cough My aunt used to always say Ricky cant get sick or he might die The truth of the matter was the doctors had told her that he would not live to see the tender age of seven The only thing I knew at the time was that Ricky sure looked funny when he laughed because you could hardly see his eyes and he didnt talk very good at all They told us that he looked different from us because he was retarded My aunt said he was special because he was a mongoloid II What I Wanted to Know There are many questions I had but instead decided to focus on the ones I felt most strongly about Why are some People born with Down s syndrome What is the life expectancy of a person with Down s syndrome Is there any type of treatment III Searching My search began by making several trips to the UTSA library as well as to the San Antonio library and spending several hours on my computer at home looking for whatever information I could find about Downs Syndrome I was also able to interview a doctor I knew in the Navy who gave me a lot of information on my topic I was also lucky that my aunt Delia who is the mother of a twenty eight year old man with Downs happened to be in town
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