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    treeza
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    A Friend has just shown me an article from a new paper about a 2 year old little boy who weighed 5 stone was given the sleeve operation after 2 attempts to get him to lose weight! I’m gobsmacked that the doctors even considered doing this op on such a little one!

    Just because it can be done doesn’t always mean it should be. I just think they should have tried more to help him & his parents do it another way.
    When your my age & tried just about everything going it’s such a big decision for us & our surgeons.

    #50717
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @treeza 29465 wrote:

    A Friend has just shown me an article from a new paper about a 2 year old little boy who weighed 5 stone was given the sleeve operation after 2 attempts to get him to lose weight! I’m gobsmacked that the doctors even considered doing this op on such a little one!

    Just because it can be done doesn’t always mean it should be. I just think they should have tried more to help him & his parents do it another way.
    When your my age & tried just about everything going it’s such a big decision for us & our surgeons.

    I posted that news article on my facebook wall because I found it so shocking. You are so right about it being an absolute last resort Treeza. We mature people who decide to go for wls have usually gone down every other avenue first. Poor little lad. Major surgery at such a young age 🙁

    Doodah x

    #50720
    Paul-H
    Participant

    When there is money involved some surgeons know no bounds. That one of the many reasons we should stick with the NHS and not go down the private insurance route of America.

    Money talks and always has.

    Paul

    #50718
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    Completely agree with you Paul. I think this little boy was from the United Arab Emirates. Poor little thing.

    Doodah x

    #50722
    treeza
    Member

    He was from Saudi Arabia & bless him he’s probably got some metabolic condition which means he will always have issues! Although one would hope they had looked into that first. WLS is really last resort in my eyes & to say they did it after two dieting attempts failed is unbelievable. To do something that isn’t reversible is so wrong. :0( all we can hope is he still lives a happy life & the surgery works seen as it’s already done. Good luck little man x

    #50721
    Paul-H
    Participant

    The bigger issue is that as a 2 year old his parents have total 100% control over what he eats, I dose not matter how much he says he is hungry the parents can control how much he eats, its not like he is able to pop down the Pizza shop or pick the phone up and order a take away is it. The parents are totally to blame.

    They will now be setting about how to sabotage him now he has had this surgery, Liquefied Pizza and chocolate all around in that house I bet.

    Paul

    #50719
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @Paul-H 29472 wrote:

    The bigger issue is that as a 2 year old his parents have total 100% control over what he eats, I dose not matter how much he says he is hungry the parents can control how much he eats, its not like he is able to pop down the Pizza shop or pick the phone up and order a take away is it. The parents are totally to blame.

    They will now be setting about how to sabotage him now he has had this surgery, Liquefied Pizza and chocolate all around in that house I bet.

    Paul

    Unfortunately Paul, I think you may be right.

    To a certain extent, doesn’t every severely overweight person have a ‘feeder’ in their lives? Whether it be out of love or concern or (the most insidious of all) power. As adults we have the choice of whether or not we eat junk. Small children like this boy have no choice. Like you say, they cannot shop for their own food. But, and this is the $64,000 question, do you really think they will sabotage their boy’s life and health by giving him blended junk food? Surely that is tantamount to abuse? Or is he clever enough to be able to manipulate his parents to the degree that they will give him whatever he asks for regardless of the risks?

    As adults, even if a ‘feeder’ bought us junk food, we would still have the choice whether or not to eat it – even if it is an addiction. Children (and let’s face it, this boy is still a baby) have no choice. Whichever way you look at it, the parents must accept responsibility surely? Either they are giving in to ‘pester power’ (children are masters of it) or they do not realise the consequences of their actions.

    Crikey, I’m sorry this reply is so long! It’s just that it is such an important subject. The health and general welfare of future generations should be in the top three priorities in life. I have the sad feeling that it might not be so anymore for some people….

    Doodah x

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