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Denver teenager decides to undergo surgery to reduce her weight

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Jazmine Raygoza, 18, a teen bariatric surgery patient, grimaces in the hot sun in the backyard of her home in Denver, April 21, 2012. Jazmine weighed 219 lbs on this day.After trying multiple diets and exercise, Jazmine, 17, decided on the Lap-Band treatment with the encouragement of her mother, who recently had a gastric bypass herself.

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Jazmine Raygoza, starts to wake up in the hands of anesthesiologist Andrea Grilli , back, as Surgical First Assistant Tony Covello finishes up Raygoza's gastric banding operation at Rose Medical Center in Denver, June 20, 2011.

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Jazmine Raygoza works out at the Sound Mind and Body fitness center at John F. Kennedy high school in Denver. Raygoza started a workout club with friends at the school. She was 223 lbs on this day, Feb. 16, 2012.

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Jazmine Raygoza dances at her high school prom with her friend Mario Garcia in Denver April 28, 2012.

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Jazmine Raygoza adjusts her cap before her high school graduation in Denver May 19, 2012.

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A combination picture shows Jazmine Raygoza posing in her backyard June 18, 2011, left, and again on Sept. 16, 2012 in Denver. Raygoza lost 87 pounds since having a lap-band placed on June 21, 2011.

 

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