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Alexis Shapiro, 12, Faces A Change In Plans Midway Through Weight-loss Surgery

The 10 Best Photos from the Week of March 17 - 23, 2014 First diagnosed in 2009 after doctors removed a benign brain tumor that damaged the hypothalamus the part of the brain that controls when a person feels hungry or full Alexis has added 151 lbs. workouts to her 4'7" frame in just two-and-a-half years. After trying to unsuccessfully manage the disorder through diet and exercise, Alexis's family sought more help from doctors who advised gastric bypass workouts surgery. The drastic operation could help trick Alexis's brain into thinking it's full for longer periods of time and lead to weight loss, according to Alexis's doctor, Thomas H. Inge, director of Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens at Cincinnati Children's. Following a kiss from her mom Jenny, Alexis went into the operating room on Friday. But complications arose mid-surgery, as revealed by the hospital's live tweets of the event. About 40 minutes after the surgery browse began, the hospital Tweeted, "Alexis Shapiro's liver is larger than surgical team anticipated, making necessary visualization difficult." Soon it became clear that the doctors would have to change course.
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