A new facility for patients with Down syndrome may pave the way for other branches to open throughout the country.
After French geneticist-pediatrician Jérôme Lejeune discovered the cause of Down syndrome, the first specialized medical consultation center in Europe to provide care for patients with Down syndrome and other genetic disorders was founded in Paris. Now, almost 25 years later, Keith Mason, executive director of The Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA, tells One News Now a branch of that clinic has been established in Denver.
"All of it is research-based holistic care, and it comes from a place where we respect the dignity of the human person," Mason reports. "We look at these as really cherished beings and people that are worthy of our extra steps to make them have a better experience in life."
The Denver office, The Jerome Lejeune Medical Center, opened on March 21 and is already taking in patients.
"We started the program as a pilot with just 10 families, sort of established what the model will look like, but we will be planning to expand to different parts of the country [and] will eventually be welcoming people from all over the country to come and receive the special services that we'll provide here in Denver," says Mason.
All of the facilities will be linked together with the major research center in Paris so that all will have the latest information and treatments for Down syndrome.
Image compliments of Jerome Lejeune Medical Center.