I can’t believe it has been nearly ten years since a 1,000lb woman falsely confessed to accidentally killing her nephew.
Mayra Rosales, from Texas, was once the heaviest person in the world.
In 2008 she decided to protect her sister Jamie, and take the blame for the death of her nephew Eliseo.
But fast forward to today, the woman once dubbed the ‘half-ton killer’ has lost a whopping 800lb.
Rosales, 34, once told police she had smothered her nephew by rolling on top of him. But autopsy results revealed the boy had actually died from multiple injuries to his skull.
After her sister Jamie confessed to the crime, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Mayra then vowed to lose weight to take care of her sister’s surviving children.
She has been on a weight loss journey since 2011 and has been shedding pounds ever since.
Mayra lost weight with the help of 11 pain-staking surgeries. She had a lap band surgery and extra skin removal procedures.
She has also had to change the way she thought about food.
‘Food to me is I have to eat to live,’ she said. ‘Before it was living to eat, and now you know, it’s just something normal,’ she told ABC 13.
Mayra lost 100 pounds in her first 10 days.
But she would have to lose 500 more just to get a gastric bypass surgery.
The newly slimmed down Mayra hasn’t just seen a major change in her appearance, her health has drastically improved too.
‘I’m not diabetic, I do not have high cholesterol, I do not have high blood pressure,’ she told ABC’s Nightline.
‘Now I’m okay and my organs are perfect.’
Mayra has an active following on Facebook with over 18,000 fans. She regularly keeps them updated as her transformation continues.
Mayra has also shown her caring side, inviting her Facebook fans who are struggling with their weight to inbox her for any health tips.
On her Facebook, she also revealed that she and her husband Bernie, who was shown in her TLC documentary when she was still 1,000 pounds, had gotten a divorce.
The couple separated in 2013 because he wanted to move back to Mexico to be with his family.
But she has since moved on and has recently posted photographs with a new boyfriend.
Mayra now weighs around 200lb. But she still thinks of her deceased nephew and actually witnessed his murder.
Her sister Jamie hit baby Eliseo with a hairbrush with force on his arm, legs and head.
The little boy died later that day from his injuries.
Jamie begged Mayra to take the fall.
‘I thought I was dying anyway so I decided to admit that I’d done it to protect my sister because I love her,’ Mayra told the court during her trial.
The trial became a media sensation. Mayra even had to be cut out of her house and transported into a moving van to testify in court.
Mayra’s attorney also bought a king-sized mattress so she could live in the courtroom while the jury decided her fate.
Mayra later told ABC she was willing to give up her life for Jamie.
Mayra now in the process of getting custody of Jamie’s surviving children.