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Medical Edge: Child Obesity Surgery

Updated: Wednesday, March 19 2014, 05:20 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- It's a big week for some health news we need to share with you.

This Friday, for the first time, Cincinnati Children's Hospital will tweet live during a surgery to help you learn more about a young girl.  Many of you may already have heard a lot about her.

Her name is Alexis Shapiro and she was diagnosed with a rare condition after a brain tumor surgery which caused damage to an area called the hypothalmus.  That left her feeling  like she was always starving, a condition called  hypothalmic obesity.

Alexis made headlines around the world when she was denied insurance coverage initially for obesity surgery because she was told she was too young.  Now she got funding and  Doctor Thomas Inge, an obesity surgeon at Cincinnati Children's, is scheduled to perform a gastric bypass.

The surgery could help alter hunger signals, but it's what's happening during the surgery that's making headlines too.  The team will tweet live what's happening with Alexis inside the operating room.

Kate Setter, social media coordinator at Children's Hospital, said, "This family has really been great about telling their story and they want people to be aware of hypothalamic obesity."

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