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60 Pounds: 13-Year-Old's Surgery Leads to Significant Weight Loss

By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 05:06 PM

Thirteen-year-old Alexis Shapiro has lost 60 pounds since she had weight-loss surgery, a positive step in her journey to recover from brain surgery that caused her to gain more than 100 pounds.

Shapiro, of Cibolo, Texas, had surgery to remove a brain tumor when she was 9 years old. But the surgery damaged her hypothalamus, which regulates appetite, and the girl started putting on about two pounds of weight a week. She has what is called hypothalamic obesity.

The gastric bypass surgery was offered as an option for helping Shapiro control her weight. “Gastric bypass tricks the brain into thinking it's full and can help cancel this insatiable hunger," Dr. Thomas Inge, director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens in Cincinnati, told People magazine.

In 2014, Alexis carried 203 pounds on her 4-foot-7 frame, People said, having gained 150 pounds and stressing her body, which created constant pain.

"I still really believe the surgery saved her life," her mom, Jenny Shapiro, told People. "I don't even know if we would be here. Seeing her do a 5K was just icing on the cake."

"I feel more active and more talkative," Shapiro told People six months after her surgery, in March 2014. "I walk laps every day."

Jenny Shapiro said she noticed a change in her daughter’s attitude as well, even though she has put back on 8 to 10 pounds of weight.

"Alexis has a confidence about her that she didn’t have before. She's gaining independence little by little and becoming her own person,” Jenny Shapiro said.

Updates on Alexis’ condition, which includes other side effects from the brain surgery and challenges the young girl faces, are posted on a Facebook page called Hope and Love for Alexis.

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