There are many fat-to-fit stories one comes across every other day, but nothing compares to that of Mayra Rosales. She was the heaviest living woman recorded, having been 1,036 lb or 470 kg at her heaviest. Popular by the name of “Half-Ton Killer”, her journey is intriguing and inspiring in equal measure.
Mayra Rosales came into public eye in 2008 when she confessed to having accidentally killed her nephew, having crushed him with her arm while trying to lift him up. Autopsy reports soon rendered her claims invalid, for the 2-year-old had died due to multiple injuries to the head.
It was soon revealed that her younger sister had committed the crime and Mayra had taken the blame to protect her sibling alongside having “given up on life anyway”. The entire legal experience however turned her life around.
When she was first arrested, the police had to cut a hole through her bedroom wall to carry her to court on a stretcher. While this was perhaps one of the most bizarre arrests made in history, this tale of her physical incapacity is just the tip of the iceberg.
A Will to Lose
When she was at her heaviest, Mayra had trouble moving herself even minutely. She was unable to perform any activity and required assistance even for washing herself and maintaining personal hygiene.
In fact, the situation got so bad that she developed painful, large bed sores on many parts of the body. Since she was confined to the bed at all times, this was but natural; in her case, the discomfort with debilitating and difficult to remedy.
She clearly needed to change the realities of her existence. And the will to lose weight arose with conviction post her acquittal in 2011. Her life took a turn for the better, and the awe-inspiring transformation of Mayra began, covered and catalogued by TLC.