October 25, 2014
CINCINNATI (AP) - A 12-year-old Texas girl with a rare case of medically induced obesity that pushed her weight past 200 pounds is recovering after weight-loss surgery.
NBC News reports Alexis Shapiro was sedated and on a ventilator Friday after undergoing surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. A message left by The Associated Press at the hospital Saturday seeking an update wasn't immediately returned.
Doctors said Friday she was stable but expected to remain in the intensive care unit through the weekend.
Doctors expect the 4-foot-7 Shapiro to lose weight and resolve many health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and pulmonary issues.
WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reports the condition arose after brain surgery two years ago to remove a tumor damaged her pituitary gland and part of the brain that signals hunger.
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