Hello Lillian Dawson,
This is a good question for their doctors. There have been benefits from the minimalist shoe, but this person seems to have two known reasons to be extra careful.
I would go with more support for this distance and/or try something else that is not as jarring on the body for now.
Additional details that need to be taken into account for this individual include: running experience, their current shoes and overall fitness level (especially hip/core strength). Any individual new to minimalist shoes should progress slowly in wearing them.
If this individual lacks running experience and endurance, has poor hip/core strength and/or has never worn a minimalist shoe before, I would definitely opt for a shoe with adequate stability and cushion.
This individual should contact their health professional to get their input as well.
Best of luck,