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.