HOUSTON — A woman who used to weigh more than 1,000 pounds and who once falsely confessed to killing her nephew by rolling on him has recently shared the story of her dramatic weight loss.
According to KTRK in Texas, Mayra Rosales was charged with capital murder in 2008 in the death of her two-year old-nephew. Her case was thrown out, however, after authorities discovered Rosales had attempted to protect her sister by falsely confessing to rolling on him. The nephew died after Rosales’ sister hit him in the head with a hairbrush.
Rosales told KTRK she took the blame because she felt like she was dying. Her sister was later arrested on child abuse charges and is now serving 15 years in prison, according to multiple reports.
“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,” Rosales told KTRK. “I was alive but not living a life.”
Following that Rosales vowed to lose weight. Today she is reportedly 800 pounds lighter, thanks to multiple surgeries and diet.
Houston vascular and bariatric surgeon and star of TLC’s “My 600-Pound Life” Dr. Younan Nowzaraden performed 11 surgeries on Rosales.
“I think Mayra is very motivated,” Nowzaraden said, according to KTRK. “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.”
Rosales now hopes her epic weight loss can be an inspiration to others who are struggling with obesity.
Another woman, Olivia Cruz, used Rosales’ story as motivation, according to KTRK. Cruz reportedly once weighed more than 550 pounds, but has since lost 300.
“Do not lose hope and keep fighting because we only have one life, and it’s well worth fighting for it,” Rosales told the station.