12-Year Old Gets Gastric Bypass Surgery

December 14, 2014 12:22 PM

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About 3 years ago, Alex Shapiro—then about 9 years old—underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. At 50 lbs she was already seriously ill and this surgery promised a new chance at life. And while doctors successfully removed the brain tumor from her skull, another problem set in.

Brain surgery always carries risks, but what happened next was something nobody could have anticipated. Because of the removal of her tumor, Alexis Shapiro always felt hungry. No matter how much she ate, she still felt hungry. And because of that, her food intake increased dramatically and over time...

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