Man Has Surgery In Attempt To Adopt

1 decade 3 months 2 weeks ago Monday, August 27 2007 Aug 27, 2007 Monday, August 27, 2007 1:42:19 AM CDT August 27, 2007 in News
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DALLAS, TX (AP) - An Independence, Missouri, man who weighed 558 pounds when a Missouri judge stopped him from adopting a child, underwent gastric bypass surgery Friday in Dallas, in a bid to win the child back. Gary Stocklaufer is a 34-year-old truck driver. He and his wife claim a judge unfairly discriminated against them because of his weight in deciding to give 4-month-old Max to another couple for possible adoption. The infant is related to the Stocklaufers, and had lived with them since he was a week old. This is considered the first case where a couple seeking to adopt has resorted to surgery in the increasingly prevalent practice of denying obese parents adoptions. Stocklaufer hopes to slim down to 225 pounds.

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