A Texas girl who gained more than 140 pounds after being diagnosed with a rare brain condition has now lost more than 50 pounds after undergoing gastrectomy surgery.
Alexis Shapiro, 12, went from just 50 pounds to more than 200 after undergoing surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, according to ABC News.
The operation had left her with hypothalamic obesity, a condition that made her feel constantly hungry.
The condition comes because communication between the gut and the brain goes “haywire,” causing a “constant feeling of hunger,” according to a description by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Alexis underwent a sleeve gastrectomy surgery earlier this year, and now, her mother says, the girl’s health has improved remarkably and that she has her “childhood” back, according to ABC News.
Originally intended to be a gastric bypass, doctors changed the operation to a gastric sleeve due to Alexis’s enlarged liver.
The family had set up a gofundme.com site to help pay for the surgery after the family’s health insurance provider reportedly refused to pay due to her age.