TEXAS – A Texas girl is recovering from surgery for a medical condition that made her rapidly gain weight.
People around the world were able to follow the operation as it happened.
12-year-old Alexis Shapiro is having a rough go at life, and Cincinnati children’s Hospital is working to set it right.
In 2011, after the removal of a benign brain tumor, she started gaining weight at an alarming rate-two pounds a week.
She has a condition called Hypothalamic Obesity.
That brain surgery damaged her pituitary gland as well as the part of her brain that signals hunger.
As a result of that, she didn’t have the energy to burn off extra calories.
Also damaged, her body’s ability to produce adrenaline.
Because of the surgery, the originally 51 pound girl always felt like she had to eat.
Since the brain surgery, Alexis reportedly gained about 140 pounds.
She was taken into surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Friday for gastric bypass, to limit the amount of food she could take in.
In addition to the severe medical problems, her condition had Alexis and her family subject to ridicule for supposedly allowing her to become obese.
To shed light on that fact, the entire procedure was tweeted live by Children’s Hospital staff.
As the surgeons got a better look inside, they modified their strategy. They removed about 80% of her stomach and installed a sleeve over the rest.
The doctors aren’t sure whether Alexis will need to come back for the original procedure.