Gymnastic Champion highlights Merit of Mexican Down Syndrome Patients

María Bárbara Wetzel Águila obtained three gold medals at the World Artistic Gymnastics Women Championship of Down Syndrome Patients.
Down Syndrome received its name from Dr. John Langdon Haydon Down wo, in 1866, was the first person to describe the clinical characteristics that a certain group of people shared without being able to determine its cause.
The chromosomes are structures that are in the nucleus of the cells, they come in pairs. Usually every cell in the human body has 23 pairs of chromosomes. Down syndrome is a genetic alteration that causes problems with the way in which the baby’s body and brain are developed due to the fact that they are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21.
The two characteristic signs of Down Syndrome are low muscle tone and intellectual disability. Added to this, the pshychomotor development tends to be slower tnan the rest of the population. The estimated global case incident of Down Syndrome is located between 1 in every 1000 and 1 in every 1,100 births. Out of the 8,250,375 Mexican people born between 2008 and 2011, 3,076 cases were diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

The individual’s integration to society and community’s organizations like schools, health systems, work force, and social and recreational activities is increasingly easier.

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