Kenny was born in 1939 and was mistaken to be still-born when he arrived with his twin sister Dorothy. Having been given a life expectancy of only 12 years, Kenny did not look back and was declared the world's oldest living man with down syndrome in 2008 by Guinness World Records. He achieved this when he was at the Wisteria House care home in Tintinhull, Yeovil, Somerset, on February 15.
Read on to know more about the brave man, Kenny Cridge.
He has been in the care home for the last five years and is fine.
"Since his birthday last year, he has maintained general good health with no significant changes. He is happy and always has a smile for everyone– Kenny can brighten anyone's day with his smile and laughter. He's very affectionate and loves having kisses and cuddles; he often says 'cuddle me'. Kenny is one in a million, and we are so lucky to have him in our lives at Wisteria House."
His mother had no idea that she carried twins, until some moments later Dorothy was born.
Dorothy, his sister, survived till adulthood but recently breathed her last some years ago. He lived with his mother until she passed away in her 90s.
He still enjoys playing his harmonica, eating sweet treats and sharing jokes with fellow residents.
"Now people with down syndrome are treated equally and respected, but my nan said that back in the day it wasn't like that. She fought a lot of battles for him and really devoted her life to Kenny. His father Samuel, who adored him as his little boy, had a bike with a sidecar, and Kenny used to drive around in it to go to the local pubs. He's marvellous, and people in the village where he grew up still ask about him."
FYI, the world's oldest man with down syndrome was Bert Holbrook from Minnesota in the United States, who was 83 when he died in 2012 and the oldest surviving woman with down syndrome is believed to be Dollie Grissom, 74, from Oklahoma, US.