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MAR 22, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Alexis Shapiro, Obese But Starving 12-Year-Old, Undergoes Weight Loss Surgery

Alexis Shapiro, a 12-year-old Texas girl who is starving despite being morbidly obese, has undergone the first of what will likely be several medical procedures that doctors say may help her lose weight. Surgeons at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio performed a sleeve gastrectomy on the girl Friday. The weight-loss procedure involves the surgical removal of a portion of the stomach. Alexis, who weighed about 203 pounds, has hypothalamic obesity -- a condition she developed two years ago after her hypothalamus was damaged during surgery to remove a rare brain tumor. The ... Read More

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