Obesity Surgery Leaves Girl, 12, Dramatically Better
Within 24 hours, there was no sign of Alexis Shapiro's diabetes
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2014 7:18 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Texas 12-year-old Alexis Shapiro had long-fought-for the obesity surgery she got on March 21, and just a week later, the girl's situation has dramatically improved. She's already off the insulin she had to take in connection with her type 2 diabetes and, most significantly, her body is indicating to her that it feels full after she eats—in comparison to her feeling constantly starved before. The absence of that fullness cue pushed her weight to more than 200 pounds on her 4-foot-7 frame, a condition that resulted from damage her hypothalamus sustained during surgery she underwent two years ago related to a benign brain tumor.

“There was no sign of her diabetes 24 hours after the surgery,” said Dr. Thomas Inge, the doctor in charge of Alexis' care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (he explains how this is possible on the hospital's blog). Alexis left the hospital on Friday; after another week in Cincinnati for observation, she'll head back to Cibolo, Texas. The sleeve gastrectomy surgery she underwent left no more than 25% of her stomach intact, per the blog; Alexis is currently on a soft diet of protein drinks, yogurts, and puddings, consumed roughly five teaspoons at a time. She has reported feeling full after three, reports NBC News. Doctors won't know how much weight she may have already lost for about another week, but Inge predicts she could drop about 40 pounds in the next few months.

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Apr 4, 2014 7:31 AM CDT
The worse side effect is damage to the Vagus nerve which will cause constant nausea
Mar 31, 2014 11:15 PM CDT
Gee Lou, you really have a heart don't you. She is a little girl that is this way through NO fault of her own. Maybe you can't read and didn't know that or maybe you are just a jerk. I'm betting on the jerk. Stupid is as stupid does (says)
Lou Bernardo
Mar 31, 2014 6:51 PM CDT
If she keeps eating like what made her a tub of lard in the first place she'll be back in the same shape in no time at all.