Trucker undergoes surgery in adoption bid

| 8/27/2007

A 6-foot-7, 500-pound trucker from Independence, MO, successfully underwent gastric bypass surgery at Renaissance Hospital in Dallas on Friday, Aug. 24.

A hospital press release stated owner-operator Gary Stocklaufer’s surgery was a “great success,” and Gary now hopes to lose 200 pounds or more.

The hospital did the procedure for free after the media reported that a judge refused to allow Gary and his wife to adopt a second child – named Max – because, in the judge’s opinion, Gary is obese, and therefore unfit to parent.

However, the same judge allowed the Stocklaufers to adopt another child six years ago.

Gary told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that he and his wife, Cynthia, had been raising Max for three months before the court took the child away and placed him in a foster home.

Max is the biological son of a cousin of Gary’s, who was unable to raise the child.

Now that he’s had the surgery, Gary said he’s hoping to get a re-hearing in court.

– By Reed Black, staff writer