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Hope for Alexis: Texas girl, 12, finally gets obesity surgery

Image: Alexis Shapiro in the days before surgery to help control her weight
Alexis Shapiro, 12, looks over some children's books at Barnes and Noble with her mother, Jenny Shapiro, in Newport, Ky. Alexis, a 203-pound 12-year-old with hypothalamic obesity, is scheduled to have gastric bypass surgery Friday, at Cincinatti Childrens Hospital and Medical Center to stop the incessant weight gain and ravenous appetite that began two years ago after surgery for a benign brain tumor.for NBC News