‘Half-ton-killer’ has cut her 454kg weight by stag­ger­ing half

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LON­DON: The world’s heav­i­est woman has lost a stag­ger­ing 272kg in the five years since she shot to fame as the “Half-Ton Killer”.

Mayra Ros­ales, 32, of Texas, made head­lines in 2008 af­ter be­ing tried but found not guilty of mur­der­ing her nephew with her own 454kg body, and now she has em­barked on a gru­elling jour­ney to save her own life by los­ing weight.

In an up­com­ing tele­vi­sion spe­cial Half-Ton Killer: Trans­formed, Ros­ales’s as­ton­ish­ing story is be­ing brought to light as she re­veals how she has changed. It is not clear when the episode will air in South Africa.

In the episode, which airs in the UK on De­cem­ber 4, Ros­ales – who weighed a shock­ing 544kg at her heav­i­est – is wheeled out of her home af­ter work­men break a hole in the wall. They haul her body on to a stretcher and into a lorry, since she is too big to fit into an am­bu­lance. “At this point, if things don’t change, I’m go­ing to die,” she says.

Re­ports show she has in­deed man­aged to shed “an as­tound­ing amount of weight”, thanks to surgery, phys­i­cal ther­apy, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and huge changes in diet.

She has been fol­low­ing a high­pro­tein, low-carb diet, with plenty of steamed veg­eta­bles, su­gar-free desserts and soups.

But with her new 272kg body, she must learn to carry out nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties she has never been ex­posed to, like gro­cery shop­ping and job hunt­ing.

Last year, US tele­vi­sion chan­nel TLC aired a TV spe­cial about Ros­ales’s mur­der trial, in which she was ac­cused of smoth­er­ing her nephew Eliseo, 2, to death by fall­ing on him.

Even though she con­fessed in 2008, Ros­ales was ac­quit­ted of her nephew’s mur­der in La Joya, Texas, in 2011 af­ter ev­i­dence con­cluded the boy had in­juries to his skull that did not in­di­cate he was smoth­ered.

“I thought I was dy­ing any­way so I de­cided to ad­mit I’d done it to pro­tect my sis­ter be­cause I love her.”

Ros­ales then tes­ti­fied that she wit­nessed her sis­ter Jaime had hit her son Eliseo re­peat­edly on his arms, legs and head with a brush.

“We were all try­ing to cover for my sis­ter,” she tes­ti­fied.

“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.”

Jaime was found guilty, and is cur­rently serv­ing a 15-year sen­tence.

To­day, Ros­ales has been given a sec­ond chance at life, and one of her goals is to be­come phys­i­cally fit enough to be able to adopt and take care of her nieces and nephew.

Ros­ales looks vis­i­bly slim­mer in re­cent pho­tos posted on her Face­book page. In one, she strikes a con­fi­dent and trimmed-down pose with her cousin in a low-cut dress.

So far, thanks to daily two-hour ses­sions at a phys­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre, she has been able to take 36 steps on her own with no sup­port, but she is de­ter­mined to go even fur­ther. – Daily Mail

SHED­DING KI­LOS: Mayra Ros­ales has lost 272kg on her pro­gramme.

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