A 12-year-old Texas girl who had weight-loss surgery to correct a rare metabolic problem is back home, visibly slimmer and healthier, but also much happier, less than three weeks after the potentially life-saving operation, her mother said.
Alexis Shapiro was in the news recently because the sleeve gastrectomy surgery was originally rejected by her father’s insurance company.
More importantly, she’s in good spirits and has hope for the first time since a brain tumor operation more than two years ago knocked her metabolism haywire and sent her soaring past 200 pounds.
The insurer reversed the decision and well-wishers raised more than $86,000 to help offset the family’s expenses.
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