Teen 19 Crowdfunding Skin Surgery: Doctor Offers To Do Surgery For Free After Reading Teen’s Weight Loss Story

A teen, 19, who started a crowdfunding campaign for skin surgery heard from a doctor who offered to do the surgery for free. According to People Magazine, 19-year-old Kaitlyn Smith of Tennessee lost over 200 pounds through diet and exercise and decided to start a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe in order to raise money to pay for surgery that would remove the extra skin on her body. Shortly after, People interviewed her and shared her story. At least one person was so moved by the story, he just had to do something to help.

“It was late in the afternoon on Christmas, and my sister sent me a text message saying I should check out this story on People.com. It really resonated with me,” explained plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer.

The nineteen-year-old won’t need the crowdfunding money for her skin surgery. The doctor has offered to do the surgery for her for free. According to CrowdfundInsider, Smith was looking to raise $30,000 to pay for surgery that would remove the excess skin that she has been left with after losing so much weight. Fortunately, the right person read Kaityn’s story and decided to do something amazing to change her life.

“I do this type of pro bono thing at least once or twice a year, so I’m always looking for deserving and inspired people. [Smith] for sure fits the bill. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for anybody to lose 200 lbs. — especially the way she did it, with diet and exercise,” said Salzhauer.

On Feb. 19, Kaitlyn Smith will have her first surgery. Although she has already raised $12,000, Kaitlyn is happy to be able to move forward and to have surgery early in the new year. She will travel to Miami to have the procedure done.

“Overall, I am so excited for her. It’s the reason I went to medical school and became a plastic surgeon. It’s a life-changer, and I am happy to do it,” Salzhauer said.

Weight loss is very important to many people, especially after the holidays and into the new year. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, 45 percent of people make New Year’s resolutions. Of those 45 percent, more than half make their resolutions about weight loss.

“The drive for weight loss persists at an almost constant level, though much lower, throughout the year, only occasionally peaking at times that beach season is approaching or some other similar time periods when unsightly bulges near the waist become a concern.”

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