When George Wildgust was born, doctors said he wouldn’t live beyond the age of 10. Recently, George celebrated his 77th birthday and is now thought to be Britain’s oldest person with Down syndrome.
George who was born in September 1942 and is the middle child of 3 siblings, celebrated the milestone surrounded by family and friends at Watcombe Circus care home in the Carrington area of the city. He has lived in the care home since 1993 with 12 other residents.
George’s niece, Nikki Wright, visits him weekly and says he is well looked after in the home. “I think being kept busy and socializing here has really helped him. The staff are amazing and it is such a family here,” Nikki told Inside Edition.
“We’re all very proud of him. It’s amazing for him to get to this age. My grandma was told he would not live past ten years old because of his Down’s syndrome. But they were wrong. Look at him now.” Nikki further added.
Nikki also revealed she believes his long and healthy life is a result of the love of his family and friends.
“He was always told by his mom that he can do anything and because of that, he has always been very independent…Nobody picked on him, they all took him under their wing and looked after him. It was one big happy community who looked out for each other. So he’s always been very sociable.” she said.
George’s parents and brother have died, but he has a younger sister, Jean Yessyanwith, whom he regularly FaceTimes.
Nikki also says that her uncle’s long, healthy life can be attributed to his friends, girlfriend and his love of dancing which help keep him young.
The love of family and friends around us is truly a special gift, necessary to keep us going. Remember to share this story to wish George many more birthdays, health and happiness.
Watch George celebrate his 77th birthday with Nikki in the video clip below.