Obese 2-year-old subjected to gastric bypass surgery but it's his parents' fault!
A poor 2-year-old weighing in at 72 pounds underwent gastric bypass, making him the youngest bariatric surgery patient in history. The tot, who hails from Saudi Arabia, was put on a diet regimen by doctors twice, before they decided to perform the surgery. However, they are unsure whether his parents actually enforced the prescribed diets.
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The child--whose identity is being protected--was first seen by physicians for his weight when he was 14 months old. At the time, he weighed 46 pounds, and after dieting for the next four months, he gained rather than lost 17 pounds! The boy developed sleep apnea and bowed legs due to his morbid obesity.
An article in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports has revealed that he had reached 54 pounds by the time he was referred to an obesity clinic and went on to gain almost 20 additional pounds before specialists turned to surgery. It is unclear whether the child suffers from a medical condition that has contributed to his weight issues.
In 2010, after surgeons performed a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy to reduce the boy's stomach to the size of a banana, thus restricting the amount of food he was capable of consming, he lost 15 percent of his body weight. "We present here probably the first case report of the successful management of a 2-year-old morbidly obese boy," the surgeons declared in their report.
Although the surgery is considered successful, it is unknown whether it could negatively affect the still-developing toddler later in life. Most physicians do not recommend that this type of surgery be performed on patients until they reach the teen years, as it could potentially affect the growth and overall health of a younger child.
Barring any medical condition that could have been causing this little guy to gain weight or prevented him from losing it via dieting, I have to say, shame on his parents. I'm sure the medical professionals did what they felt they needed to do in order to save his young life, but the parents? How could they have let this happen? I can only imagine that a) he was not receiving proper medical care in the first place, b) they are overly permissive with him and c) they are too lazy to actually parent their child. I would say this borders on negligence. I sincerely hope they realize how serious this is, and that from here on out, they will do what they need to do to ensure that their child thrives--even if that means refusing him his favorite foods.
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