A woman dubbed the ‘half ton killer’ because she was once accused of killing her nephew by rolling onto him has lost 800lbs.
Mayra Rosales, 34, of Texas, was 1,000lbs when she was charged with the death of her two-year-old nephew, Eliseo.
People thought she smothered him to death, but had actually taken the blame for her sister who hit him over the head with a hairbrush.
She’s undergone a huge transformation since 2008.
Rosales told ABC 13: ‘I was dying. I don’t know if you had seen pictures before you could see it in my face. I had given up in life. I was alive but not living a life.
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‘Food to me is I have to eat to live. Before it was living to eat, and now you know, it’s just something normal.’Rosales still has swelling in certain places but, elsewhere, she says her old health problems have vanished.
She said ‘I’m not diabetic, I do not have high cholesterol, I do not have high blood pressure.’
Her extreme weight loss has been a combination of diet and surgery. She has to go under the knife 30 more times.
Most of the surgeries she’s undergone so far have been performed by Dr Younan Nowzaraden, star of TV show My 600-Pound Life, which features morbidly-obese people struggling to live a normal life.
He said: ‘I think Mayra is very motivated. Once you’re in bed for several years, she had no life. Once she get up and walk and do things, you’ll be amazed how motivated people become.’
She’s also had to undergo skin removal procedures to get rid of the excessive skin which sags after colossal weight loss.
Rosales sister, Jamie, was sentenced to 15 years after after confessing to the death of Eliseo.
An autopsy revealed he had suffered multiple skull injuries.
Source : metro.co.uk