Morbidly Obese Toddler Has Gastric Bypass Surgery

I don’t believe this story, but the NY Post is running the article as if it’s legit.

A morbidly obese toddler supposedly underwent gastric bypass surgery to lose weight. He is supposedly the youngest person in the world to undergo bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery involves reducing the size of the stomach through a variety of surgical procedures including lap band surgery and sleeve gastrectomy (removing part of the stomach to create a stomach pouch the size of a banana).

For the record, no licensed doctor in America who values his medical license would perform such an invasive surgery on a baby.

From The NY Post:

The parents of the toddler from Saudi Arabia who weighed 72 lbs and had a Body Mass Index of 41 sought help because he suffered sleep apnea that caused him to stop breathing while asleep.

The doctors from Prince Sultan Military Medical City at Riyadh were unable to ascertain whether the child’s parents stuck to the diet.

By the time the boy was referred to the obesity clinic he weighed 54 lbs and his obesity had led to sleep apnea and bowing of the legs.

A further attempt at dieting failed and when he reached 72 lbs doctors decided to perform surgery.

Surgeons carried out a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on the boy which involved removing the outer margin of the stomach to restrict food intake, leaving a sleeve of stomach, roughly the size and shape of a banana.

Within two months the boy lost 15 per cent of his body weight and two years after the 2010 surgery his weight had fallen from 72 lbs to 52 lbs and his BMI of 24 was within the normal range.

Because part of the boy’s stomach was reportedly removed, the procedure is not reversible, meaning he will live the rest of his life with a stomach the size of a small banana.

This story sounds ridiculous. It would have made more sense to admit the child to a hospital where nurses could monitor his dietary intake.

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