1,000-Pound Known As ‘Half-Ton’ Killer Gets A New Start (Photos)

A 1,000-pound Texas woman, once called the “Half Ton Killer” after she falsely confessed to killing her nephew by rolling on top of him, now has a clear name, a smaller body and a desire to help others.

“I was alive but not living a life,” Houston resident Mayra Rosales said of her life before weight loss. In 2008, Rosales had so little desire to live that she confessed to killing her 2-year-old nephew by rolling on top of him and smothering him, even though it was her sister who actually killed her son when she threw a hairbrush at his head.

“I was dying. I don’t know if you had seen pictures before you could see it in my face. I had given up in life,” Rosales said. After her sister confessed to the murder and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, Rosales decided it was time to turn her life around and look after her sister’s children.

With the help of 11 different surgeries, including lap band and skin removal procedures, Rosales has shed 800 pounds since 2011, and has 30 more to go. The 34-year-old said she also had to change her entire outlook on 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.”

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