How ‘Half-Ton Killer’ Mayra Rosales lost whopping 600 pounds

November 21, 2013 11:35 PM

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The onetime fattest woman in the world — who was known as the Half-Ton Killer — has dropped a staggering 600 pounds.

Mayra Rosales, 32, rose to infamy in 2008 when she was accused of murdering her nephew in La Joya, Texas, by rolling over on the child, crushing him with her 1,000-pound body. She was found not guilty and used the new lease on life to battle the bulge.

Rosales story will be told on TLC on Dec. 4 in a special called Half Ton Killer: Transformed. It’s the story of her remarkable struggle to lose the weight and regain control of her life.

At her heaviest, Rosales weighed a breathtaking 1,200 pounds and had to be wheeled out of her house after workers were forced to knock a hole in the wall so she could get out. She was too large to fit into an ambulance so she was taken away in a U-Haul.

“At this point, if things don’t change, I’m going to die,” Rosales told the program.

In many ways, the tragic death of her nephew, two-year-old Eliseo, was a turning point. At Rosales’ trial, evidence emerged that the toddler had suffered multiple injuries to his skull that were inconsistent with being smothered. Rosales was taking the fall for her sister.

“I thought I was dying anyway so I decided to admit that I’d done it to protect my sister because I love her,” she told TLC. ‘There was abuse from her towards her son. She yelled at him. She kicked him. On that night Junior didn’t want to eat and she got frustrated and she hit him on the head with a hairbrush.”

Eventually, Rosales confessed she had witnessed her sister Jaime pummelling Eliseo repeatedly on his arms, legs and head.

Rosales testified from her bed, too obese to move: “We were all trying to cover for my sister.”

Her sister Jaime was found guilty of causing injury to a child, and is serving a 15-year sentence.

TLC said Rosales shed the hundreds of extra pounds she was packing thanks to a combination of surgery, therapy, rehab and a remake of her fat-friendly diet. Rosales now weighs 400 pounds — losing the excess baggage over five years and now plans to have a gastric bypass operation.

The weight loss allowed her to adopt — and care for — her sisters daughters and surviving son.

“I was alive before, but I didn’t have a life. And now, I do,” she told the program, adding she follows a high-protein, low-carb diet. “I’m turning, sitting up, if I feel like going out I transfer to the wheelchair. I’m still in movement.”


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