Mayra Rosales, who had been incorrectly referred to as the half-ton killer, was despondent after the death of her nephew Elisio in 2008. In an incredibly sad story that became an overnight media sensation, Rosales falsely claimed that she accidentally killed her nephew by rolling on top of him and suffocating him. This turned out to be impossible to believe, as the autopsy from her nephew’s death revealed that he actually died from multiple wounds to the head and skull. In a unique twist of fate, there was actually something positive that came from this horrible and senseless tragedy.
Mayra Rosales Tragic Story
It was revealed during that the boy could not have been killed by Mayra suffocating him. Mayra confessed that she falsified the story in order to protect her sister Jaimie Lee Rosales, who had inflicted the wounds. Although she initially fled to Mexico, she was tracked down and sentenced to prison. Mayra dedicated herself to becoming healthier to take care of her other sister’s children.
A Startling Discovery
Jamie finally confessed for what she had done to Elisio. She had beaten him with a hairbrush when he refused to eat. This sad and shocking discovery made much more sense than Mayra’s false confession. Although Mayra often babysat Jamie’s children, she could barely move, and the idea that she was responsible had become more and more implausible.
A Long Struggle
Mayra says that she had taken up and entire king size bed and couldn’t even stand up. For the capital murder trial, she had to be cut out of her house. A king size bed was actually placed in the courtroom for her. She lied about being responsible for her nephew’s death for months, although her attorney had a suspicion she was covering for someone else. See the next slide for Rosales at over 1,000 pounds.
Mayra Rosales at 1,036 pounds
32-year-old Mayra’s resolve to shed the weight would help her take care of her sister’s children, as her sister would be serving a 15-year prison sentence for her crime. The struggle Mayra faced was incredible, however, as she weighed 1036 pounds. She was obese and bedridden, relying on others to help her with the most basic daily tasks.
Sadness and Desperation
Rosales admitted to having given up on life, and feeling like she was alive but not living. Her lack of mobility and having to rely on others took a toll on her emotional health as well as her physical health. She turned to food for comfort and had been bed-ridden for years and her situation had started becoming desperate as well as emotionally exhausting.
A Life or Death Situation
Morbidly obese and in poor health, Mayra was basically facing a life or death situation. Experts agreed that diet and exercise would have little impact on her massive weight, especially considering the fact she had very limited mobility and therefore little ability to burn calories. Losing weight for Rosales was going to take extreme measures.
A Massive Challenge
Mayra began treatment to lose the weight and become healthy immediately after her trial. Obesity leads to a massive range of health problems, including organ problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and more. Don’t miss the next photo to see the astonishing amount of weight Mayra Rosales lost within the first ten days of starting her weight loss treatment.
Amazing Initial Weight Loss
Her treatment with Dr. Nowzaradan to jump start her weight loss was around the clock. Within the first ten days of her treatment, Mayra shed an incredible one hundred pounds. Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her weight loss, she was determined to go from the depression she had previously felt to being a healthy person who could be a caregiver for her sister’s children.
Motivated to Get Healthy
Although it was taking extreme measures for her to lose weight, Mayra was motivated and knew she needed to make a lot of changes in order to continue losing weight, get healthy, and be there for her sister’s children. After her initial one hundred pound weight loss, she would need to lose five hundred more pounds before she would qualify for gastric bypass surgery.
One Step at a Time
Once she was down to four hundred pounds, Mayra she was able to walk about 36 steps, whereas when she started physical therapy she could only walk one of two. Her obesity came about as a result of a genetic tendency toward obesity, thyroid problems, growths on her legs, and her own view of food. Now she has a healthy outlook on food and diet. See the next slide for the incredible number of surgeries Mayra underwent.
Many Hours in the Hospital
Mayra spent many hours in the hospital as she underwent a total of eleven surgeries. These include a lap-band surgery and multiple skin surgeries. In addition to the many hours she has spent in the operating room, Mayra also dedicated many hours to diet and exercise to become fully healthy. Don’t miss the next image to see what how much weight Mayra actually lost.
Amazing Weight Loss
With the help of a low carb and low-calorie diet, a strong mental outlook and continued motivation, and the help of medical doctors, Mayra shed an amazing eight hundred pounds. This incredible feat reveals her strength and dedication to being a positive influence in the life of her sister’s children. Her incredible transformation was documented on TLC and brought in a tremendous number of supporters.
Inspiration for Other Women
Today, Mayra is a wonderful inspiration to other women with her persistence and resolute motivation to become physically and emotionally healthy again. She provides support for other women and shares health tips, motivation, and inspiration to others via social media. Don’t miss the next slide to see the incredible number of social media followers this inspirational woman has.
Mayra, now at a fraction of the weight she used to be, is dedicated to helping others on their personal weight loss and health improvement journeys. She has over 18,000 Facebook followers and encourages others to reach out to her for help. She has numerous comments on social media praising her for what she has accomplished. She also works at a hospital counseling others on obesity. Check out the next slide to see who Mayra posted a picture of on social media.
A New Lease on Life
With a new lease on life, renewed energy, and a vibrant personality, Mayra is helping create happiness not only in other’s lives but in her own life as well. Seen here with a picture of her boyfriend, she is finally enjoying the things she missed out on when she was bedridden, such as like healthy relationships. Don’t miss the next slide to see a sexy selfie.
Healthy and Beautiful
Seen her in an adorable, sexy outfit, Mayra poses for a selfie. The image represents the incredible transformation she has gone through that took so much time, patience, and energy. This image provides a stark contrast to the despondent and unhealthy woman she once was. Check out what’s next for another look at Mayra’s transformation.
The new Mayra takes care of her sister’s children allow with her mother and is attempting to get custody of them. She loves and cares for them, and her transformation has afforded her the energy to be a caretaker, as well as create a new life for herself. Her new look is a far cry from the woman who once couldn’t even fit into an ambulance.
Although the circumstances surrounding her transformation are tragic, Mayra Rosales has discovered a newfound freedom in living healthy and helping others. Her sacrifices and determination are an inspiration to many people, and will be in the future. She continues to reach out to others on social media and continued to work at improving her own lives and the lives of others.
The difficult emotional turbulence involved with this story don’t detract from the fact that something positive came about. The senseless murder of a young boy will always be mourned by those who knew him and his family. The subsequent life changes Mayra sought are a true testament to the spirit of human strength in the face of adversity and have touched so many lives. She strives toward the future and continues to show that determination can prevail even in the most difficult circumstances. Losing over eight hundred pounds is a feat that stands out as a rare show of dedication.