Bariatric surgery for a 12-year-old?

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by JAN ARRANT / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

A Texas family is making a difficult choice; one that could be a life or death decision for their 12-year-old daughter.

Alexis Shapiro of San Antonio weighs over 200 pounds. She wears a women’s size 2XL.

Her problem started when she was just nine years old. Doctors successfully removed a benign brain tumor, but the side effects ravaged her metabolism.

She’s gained about two pounds a week ever since.

Friday, Alexis will have gastric bypass surgery. That’s a drastic measure, especially for a pre-teen.

Bariatric surgeon Dr. David Kim joined Shelly Slater on News 8 at 4 to talk about the surgery and its consequences.

 

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