Malissa Jones, The Fattest Teenager in Britain is now Anorexic

The girl once the dubbed the Fattest Teenager in Britain has now been diagnosed anoxeric by doctors.

Malissa Jones, 21, from Selby, North Yorkshire, became the youngest person in Britain, at age just 17, to undergo gastric band surgery to lose weight. The £10,000 surgery, which doctors used to undertake as a last resort, saw a band fitted on her stomach which prevented her from eating normally. At a massive 34 stones (476lbs), doctors feared for her life. At aged just 15, she had already suffered from a suspected heart attack, and her massive weight was crushing her internal organs on her 5ft 8inch frame.

The drastic surgery saw her weight plummet at a rate of 28lbs per month.

Malissa Jones as the Fattest Teenager in Britain
Malissa Jones as the Fattest Teenager in Britain

Slimming Down

At first, her confidence grew as her figure trimmed down, but she soon became aware that although she was slimmer, her longed-for dream of wearing a bikini on the beach in the summer was never going to happen as her body began to look horrendous with pendulous excess skin that made her body look like that of an old woman.

NHS doctors refused to carry out any skin removal operations, and the £20,000 surgery costs was outwith her budget, according to Malissa.

When she had lost almost half of her body weight and slimmed down to 250lbs, she became pregnant, but halfway through the pregnancy suffered from liver failure and the baby was delivered early. Her little son, Harry, died after only one hour. Doctors say he was severely undernourished because his mother had not been eating properly.

Malissa Jones, undressed
Malissa Jones, undressed

Can't Stop Slimming Down - Now Anorexic

Since then, depressed Malissa has continued to lose weight and is now so thin and undernourished herself that doctors have warned her she may only have six months left to live.

She now weighs just 8 stones (112lbs) and survives on just 300 calories per day in the form of three carrots, 2 parsnips and a roast potato. A normal diet for a young woman of her age and height should be in the range of 1000 – 2000 calories per day.

Malissa has no interest in food. She has been quoted as saying "Swallowing is painful. Eating a tiny amount gives me stomach cramps or makes me sick.”

Formerly, Malissa’s daily intake topped the 15,000 calorie mark. She used to stuff her face with chocolate, potato crisps (chips) and junk food. Her immediate family are also obese, with her mother also opting for gastric band surgery which saw her weight decrease from 26 stones (364lbs) to 15 stones (210lbs).

Malissa Jones  is a very thin but pretty young woman
Malissa Jones is a very thin but pretty young woman

In Need of Psychological Help

Malissa herself is quoted in Closer Magazine as saying that she wishes she had opted to lose weight naturally and never undergone surgery.

This young woman obviously needed psychological care while still a schoolgirl. If she had been given access to this kind of help when she was obviously crying out for it, it would have saved the National Health Service a fortune in continuing care.

Why did doctors carry out such a drastic operation on someone so young? Doctor’s have since warned Malissa that her chances of carrying a baby to full term are slim to nil, because her gastric banded stomach would not take the strain. Was she warned of this before they put her through the surgery?

Her body is a mess, but I am almost certain that exercising would put that right, eventually. Our bodies skin is completely renewed every 28 days. With exercise to tone up underlying muscles, that excess skin would gradually shrink, though it would take a long time.

This young woman has been failed massively by firstly her own family who have obviously failed to take the utmost care of her, and then by the system.

Malissa if you read this, the whole world is willing you to overcome this, and go on to lead a fruitful life in whatever you choose to do.

Update to this story 2012

Malissa recently got married.

With settling down, her weight has remained stable and her life is no longer considered to be at risk.

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Singsong 5 years ago

Very interesting story and sad. I would like to think they had counseled her prior to the surgery.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

I'm sure they did, but not well enough, obviously. If she had put put on some kind of diet/exercise program she could have lost that weight naturally and healthily.

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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland

I heard about this but didn't know the whole background. It's sad how she ended up, I do hope she now gets the help she needs.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

I hope so too, such a young life going to waste!

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Totally agree with you about the natural way and mental help but today for many its the 'push a button, immediate result' that holds sway with often the results poor Melissa has incurred.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

I can't help thinking that if an adult were to require this operation, they have the adult mentality to weigh up the risks. But Malissa was still a child really when she must have been counselled for the op (pre-aged 17). If she had a suspected heart attack at 15 because she was grossly overweight, she should have been sent to hospital after it was obvious she was unable to stick to a diet at home. Something like a health farm. Would have been cheaper than giving her this op which is resulting in all sorts of problems for her now.

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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

WOW... This chilled me to the bone. The before and after pictures made me stop. I hope that this girl recieves the help she desperately needed well before hand. Oh my goodness. I have known people on both sides of the track and it is mind blowing as to why and how it all happened.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

It seems to me to be very unusual for someone to go from one extreme to the other. You and me both help she gets through this :)

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Karen N 5 years ago from United States

Very sad story, I hope that someone gets here the help that she so obviously needs.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

So do I Karen, thanks for commenting :)

PhoenixAshton 5 years ago

Very touching post.

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Ingenira 5 years ago

Sad to read this. I sure hope the doctor has a way to "repair" what he has done.

Nevertheless, Malissa does look so pretty with the lost weight.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

She does, doesn't she? She has a haunted look about though - not surprising considering everything she has been through.

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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Wow, she went from one extreme to another. The death of her son could be one of the major reasons that messed her up psychologically. I hope she'll find professional help and overcome this soon.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

That was tragic her little boy dying. Thanks for sending her your best wishes.

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midnightbliss 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

this is a sad story, hope she can get help and recover soon.

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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi IzzyM,

An excellent hub to highlight the plight of this poor lass. She is so pretty! And as you say, exercise, over a long period of time and with a good instructor, would put right the loose skin and so on. I hope she does make it. But is it a case that this poor girl has gone through so much that she is giving up? Looking into those lovely eyes of hers, she looks lost and sad. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for her and praying she gets some nutrients into her system before an infection does the inevitable. But as you so rightly say, if the people who should have cared for her had done so properly would she be in this state? She was obviously desperate and needed specialist care and therapy. I'm a nurse, but you don't have to be qualified to see what this young girl was obviously suffering. Here's hoping things work out for her. And many thanks IzzyM for sharing this story.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I hope she reads this and takes some comfort from the comments from people the world over, and of course your comments in particular. She is so young and pretty, and as we can see, sad. The last thing she would need is further surgery. It is really important she builds herself up and exercises as you so rightly say. Exercising needn't be boring if she uses a Wii with disco music or something - dance her way back to health.

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kirsteno 5 years ago

This is really sad. She was way too young to undergo a surgery of that nature, and should have been counseled for what was obviously an eating disorder to start with, instead of undergoing that surgery. I feel really bad for her and hope that doctors will look to this in the future before cutting open another young girl.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

We can only hope. She was the youngest person in the UK to undergo this op but I think it was a mistake that hopefully will not be repeated.

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Mamelody 5 years ago

what a horrifying story.. Poor girl should have never resorted to surgery. What the hell were her parents thinking allowing a young girl to undergo such a dangerous procedure? What a waste of a beautiful girl... very sad indeed.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Isn't it tragic? I hope she starts eating soon.

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fucsia 5 years ago

This story made me think on the relationship with food. It is often alterated, even in people that seem serene with food. I wonder what are the reasons. Obvious I have not an answer but I am convinced that the medias have a huge responsibility.

Thanks for sharing.


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Have you ever noticed too that people who over-eat tend to do so in front of the television? How much has that to do with TV advertizing and subliminal messages? Just a thought..

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fucsia 5 years ago

If really there are subliminal messages the problem is bigger than what I thought... This is an interesting argument and I will do some research.

In any case the TV is danger because creates desires and needs that are not true desires and true needs. All the time in Tv you talk about eat, cook, or how lose weigh.

This issue is actual and it is worth go deeper. Thanks for your thought-provoking answer.


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

The contemporary way of looking at it is to say that the lack of exercise and boredom maybe of sitting in front of the TV is conducive to over-eating in some people, but it could be the other way round, that the TV, or what is being transmitted, could be the cause. I sort of touched on the subject a long time ago when I wrote this hub - if you're interested.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Bless her precious heart. I feel badly for her and hope she comes to know the love of God which gives healing from all our worldly woes.

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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

This is indeed a sad tale. I recently watched a documentary which followed the youngest patient of liposuction. She was only 13 and weighed over 300lbs. After about two years, she had gained back most of the weight. Sadly, neither she, nor her parents nor the doctors offered the girl the psychological counseling that would have helped, and no one seemed to care to teach her how to eat properly and exercise. The things we do to alter our bodies can be horrific at times.


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

It's like they are offering the 'quick fix' first, instead of last, not withstanding that these procedures are horrific and really should be a last resort. Thanks for sharing that story :)

Packers and Movers in Mumbai 5 years ago

I am very much upset for you Malissa and want you to overcome this problem.Please don't undergo any dieting.I would suggest you to take regular yoga under the guidance of some expert and you will notice drastic change in you body.I am damn sure it will work for you.Don't take any take chemical or surgerical treatment now.just go natural way for becoming healthy.I wish you best of luck for your life and be happy always.Don't undergo depression and be confident about urself.You can do it!!!Hey thank you so much for writing her story.I am really feeling concerned for her.May god bless her!!!

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Nice comment and here's hoping Malissa is reading this :)

Mico 5 years ago

Hi Malissa, Pls take care of your health. Its not good to diet.

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

This is a horrible result of weight loss. The young woman looks old now and is likely to hate the folds of skin left over from dieting - big body image problems. She cannot lose the folds through more dieting, only surgery I think - doctors in my city say that the skin stretches and won't go back after a certain threshold; but I don't know anything about it. She does need emotional help and support. This makes me feel very bad.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

While I'm not an expert either, I do think she has age on her side. Being so young, only 21, I think that with exercise she will be able to greatly improve her skin tone with exercise, but as I said in the hub it will take a lot time because our skin only replaces itself every 28 days and its going to take a lot of '28 days' to repair.

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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

Very well written, but it's so sad that there is such a story to tell. Let's hope she does receive counseling to help with the drastic transformation and she will begin to eat normally. I'm sure the key is to somehow gain a better body image. Very difficult for any young girl these days regardless of her weight.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Cyndi. I hope the next Press release there is about her is good news.

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

So sad, God help her.

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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

The medical surgery should have come with psychological care and help with how to tone up the extra skin. Young women are very body conscious and it is so sad that her surgery seemed to have only made the condition worse. Thanks for sharing.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Let's hope she reads this and feels the love from strangers throughout the world.

pasang 5 years ago

Every gal wants to be slim so its not really her mistake to think so in the teenage. Anyway wish alot for her long life..

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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

So sad a story for someone so young! I had a friend who had this surgery and lost 150 pounds in a year, but now she has cancer and has lost down to almost nothing. I can't help wondering if there is some relationship. I just wish people would try natural methods of weight loss rather than resorting to drastic measures. I wish the best for this young girl and hopefully, she can have the surgery that she needs to help her feel good about herself once again.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Oh dear God I am so sorry to hear about your friend! That is just awful - I hope she pulls through! Thanks for your message of concern for Malissa. I hope she starts eating normally and stops worrying about her body - it's the person inside that counts.

Getting Rid Of Period Cramps 5 years ago

This is a very, very sad story. I remember her story in the news a while back. I am surprised now to see that she has gone totally in the opposite direction to become anorexic. I hope she can get the help that she needs to overcome this terrible disorder.

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butterflystar 5 years ago from A Place of Success :)

This is a great article to bring awareness to the truth about gastric bypass surgery, also so sad to be a victim of it as well.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Isn't it just! Thanks for stopping by :)

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lvpressclub 5 years ago

Exercise will NOT make the loose skin go away. A little research would have saved you from making that remark.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

And you are an expert, how? It is my opinion, as the mother of a very stretched belly through having twins, that exercise and dieting over a long period of time will reduce it substantially. You can improve improve facial wrinkles by exercising the facial muscles daily - eventually the skin tightens up again though as I say it does take a long time as skin only replaces itself every 28 days or so.

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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia

A very interesting Hub about this young woman.

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Fascinating and very interesting story you actually shared in here which i really enjoyed a lot.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks you. I wish I could add an update, but there is no news at the moment.

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kafsoa 5 years ago

It's very hard for a girl in her age to face all these horrible troubles. Anything works against nature is harmful, but she was so young and didn't realize what that will lead her to.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Exactly! But those who carried out the operation knew, and failed to tell her, or if they warned her, they failed to warn her enough. Bless!

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Please anyone out there with plenty money help this poor girl

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

That's a nice thought, writer :)

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debugs 5 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

Once I went on a diet for 3 months after which I lost so much weight and was so AFRAID to eat. But then someone reminded me that IF I don't try and eat again, I could end up that way.I did eat again after about three days of feeling "full" right away .. but the next week I loved pizza again...I feel sad for this young person.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Glad you didn't take it too far. I found the Atkins diet great for losing weight, and you never go hungry on it.

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Ben Graves 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

It's amazing the psychological issues people can have involving their physical appearance. What's even more amazing to me here is how this girl went from actually having a physical problem to going in the opposite end of the spectrum. Really tragic. I can't say I know what that fear of gaining weight is like, but I hope she doesn't succumb to her problems.

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fit2day 5 years ago

Thanks IzzyM for posting this Hub, I think it really opened my eyes to a real problem. I think it's very sad that people ignore the key principles of diet and exercise and go straight for the so-called easy way out.

I really hate that people around her didn't take real time to give her the care that she needed and it is my utmost hope that she can return to normal and live a healthier life.

I think iff she had her nutrients juiced, then her body wouldn't be as starved of nutrition.

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poor girl -my heart goes out to her and I womder why the NHS cant stretch just that bit further for the op to remove the skin-

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

I wouldn't like to be the anaesthetist who has to sedate her for this op if they did give it the go-ahead. Her poor body could not cope with anaesthesia. What they could do is give her some glimmer of hope for the future, or maybe she has generated enough publicity to pay for it privately - perhaps Closer magazine, who published her story initially, may help out. She needs her weight and general health stabilized first.

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danfresnourban 5 years ago from Fresno, CA

Sadly, this poor girl is not alone. My sister underwent gastric bypass surgery and she became a total wreck. It took a divorce and a few dysfunctional relationships before she settled into anything resembling a healthy relationship

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

I am very sorry to hear this Dan, and hope she has found happiness at last.

katie 3 years ago

Before you slag the family of malissa of! She was cared for and her mother tried very hard to help malissa! If you have read all stories malissa would steal food and it didn't matter what food it was! I think its appaling how this had being judged! I no the family extremly well and it isn't how its portrayed! Also malissa son weighed 1lb13ozs not 16ozs as storied state!

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Bedbugabscond 3 years ago from United States

When I worked in the hospital I discovered that there were quite a few people undergoing this surgery when they were nowhere near obese. I thought there were certain things you had to do before you could get the surgery, but in some places they don't seem to follow the guidelines.

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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK Author

Once upon a time gastric band surgery was a last ditch effort when all else had failed. Now it seems to have become the treatment of choice, even for folk who do not really need it.

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Princessa 3 years ago from France

I am happy that things have come up toguether for her. I have a cousin who also had the gastric band in the USA at a very young age (very early 20s) and also had the same problems that Malissa. For a while my cousin also had lots of health problems (like stomach cramps, anaemia, etc) because she could not eat properly years after the surgery with her health always being at high risk. Nowadays she seems to have a stable weight and a better health.

TheTruthHurts21 2 years ago

Considering you originally described her as the fattest teenager who "used to stuff her face with chocolate and potato crisps," you are in no place to shame anyone. You are a hypocrite and your uneducated and inconsiderate comments only prove how dangerous society is to young women. You placed all the blame on the doctors while you still continue to shame people for their appearance. The way you described this young girl was appalling. The fact you can't even recognize that is frightening. People like you continue to do damage everyday. You shouldn't be allowed to write articles and encourage this behavior.

If anyone deserves to be shamed, it is you, IzzyM. You prey on people's insecurities. You claim to have all this life experience, but you are just still horribly unaware...

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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK Author

Does the truth hurt?

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IzzyM 2 years ago from UK Author

Right listen, she did stuff her face with unsuitable foodstuffs. She's not alone. Many people do the same thing, but that does not make it right. We have been warned by doctors for years to watch what we eat, to eat foodstuffs with less calories. Becoming grotesquely fat is quite easy to do, especially if we have poor self-image and are depressed, but that does not make it right. Severe obesity is a serious health risk. We might not die from it, we might instead become dependent on other people in order to live at all - thinking of strokes. God I pray that I am never stricken down with one. Go Google it if you don't know what it is, but weight can have a lot to do with it.

People want to know about Malissa because she was so young, if not the youngest ever, offered a gastric band. Maybe it was desperation on the part of the NHS doctors. They didn't know what else to do.

They wanted to help this wee lass. She was killing herself with food (or perhaps that should read 'the wrong type of food'). But because there was an underlying problem, she became anorexic instead. They never dealt with the underlying problem so yes they are responsible. Maybe it was easier for them? Who knows.

Then again, the responsibly should lie with with the patient, Malissa herself. I hear she is now married and happy. This is an old article but is still relevant today because there could be other kids in Malissa's shoes. How would you suggest things could be different?

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ThoughtsWriter 2 years ago from America

Oh wow... this is so sad.

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