what is down syndrome?

i just found out my friend has down syndrome and he just found out 2. he doesn't look like some thing is Wong. for the last half hour iv been crying and trying 2 figure out wats wrong with him. hes only 13.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Down Syndrome is having 3 copies of chromosome 21 instead of 2 copies. If your friend has just found out at the age of 13, then his syndrome is not very severe. He probably has mosaicism, which means not all his cells have 3 chromosomes instead of 2, so it's not so bad. There's a lot of information you need to understand, but basically, his life is not in danger, he's not ill, and his parents will do everything for him that needs to be done. He's so lucky to have a caring friend like you. Try not to worry, and learn what you can about it. Here is a link:

    http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/genetic/down_...

  • 9 years ago

    If you were FINE with your friend up till today, what's the problem? He didn't change. He's still the same person you knew.

    Down syndrome is something a person is born with, not a disease. It limits how a person can think, but they CAN think, as you well know with your friend. If you've never noticed it before, he's likely only got a touch of it, not the full type.

    Stop crying and wrap your head around the fact that he's the same guy you knew before, the ONLY thing that changed was you're fear of a term used to describe him. It's not a big deal.

  • 9 years ago

    Sorry to hear about it, but dont let that label stop him from achieving great things in life

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