WO­MAN DE­FIES ODDS

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ROSE­MARY Head will not be de­fined by Down syn­drome.

The Laidley wo­man has swum with dol­phins, trav­elled in­ter­state and on De­cem­ber 30, 2018, she reached the av­er­age life ex­pectancy.

Miss Head’s brother and full-time carer Ja­son Head said he ad­mired his sis­ter’s in­de­pen­dence and achieve­ments in life.

“Rose­mary has lived a very ful­filled life and she has a wicked sense of hu­mour,” Mr Head said.

“Rose­mary is just an­other per­son, we’ve never treated her as some­one with a dis­abil­ity.”

Cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of life is a mile­stone for any­one, but par­tic­u­larly for

Miss Head, as re­search showed just one in 10 adults with Down syn­drome will live to 70.

To mark the oc­ca­sion Miss Head brought Hol­ly­wood to Laidley Show­grounds Pavil­ion.

Dress­ing as Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, she spent her 60th birth­day party cel­e­brat­ing with Elvis, Wil­lie Nel­son and more than 90 other guests who trav­elled from as far as Tas­ma­nia.

Miss Head said it was a good night.

Cel­e­brat­ing in Laidley was par­tic­u­larly momentous for the fam­ily as Miss Head still lives in the fam­ily home where she grew up with her three younger sib­lings.

Miss Head hoped to go on a cruise ship for her next ad­ven­ture.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED (IN­SET BY MEG BOLTON)

MILE­STONE: Rose­mary Head cel­e­brates turn­ing 60 dressed as Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe.

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