A disabled woman who defied the odds to exchange vows with her partner and become Britain’s first married couple with Down’s syndrome has died aged 45.
Andrea and her husband Paul defied the odds – and social workers – to marry one another in 2004.
The childhood sweethearts met in a home for children with learning difficulties and after falling in love as teenagers they fought a long battle to be allowed to marry.
‘I know that some people say we should not have got married, but why not? We love each other very much and we look after each other.’
Andrea had a known heart condition related to her disability, and the couple relied on a daily carer to check that they are coping with domestic tasks – but other than that, they were much like any other married couple.