Lauren Potter : Down Syndrome

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Lauren Potter: Down Syndrome Lauren Potter was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. It is a disease that she is proud to have. Lauren Potter said, “It is important to me that people with intellectual disabilities are represented and treated fairly and are given the same opportunities as every other American” (“Lauren Potter, Actress”). She fights for people like her who have been bullied.
Down syndrome is a disability where a person has more than two of the chromosome 21 (Routh 6). There are three different types of Down syndrome, Standard Trisomy 21, Translocation, and Mosaic Down syndrome. Standard trisomy is the most common type of Down syndrome, and it appears in ninety-five percent of all Down syndrome cases. Translocation is when a patient has an extra piece broken off the original chromosome 21. It sticks onto another chromosome. It sometimes can be inherited. The final type is Mosaic, which has an extra chromosome 21 in some cells, but not all. With Mosaic, the harshness of some effects depend on the number of cells that have an extra chromosome 21 and where they are located (14). Overall about 4,000 people are affected by Down syndrome. Boys are more likely to be affected than girls(18), and the older the mother is when pregnant, the higher the risk(44).
Down syndrome affects many people including Lauren Potter, and has a lot of effects on people who has this disease. She was born on May 10, 1990 (“Lauren Potter Actress”), in Inland Empire (“Lauren Potter”).

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