This is an amazing story of courage and determination, although it did not start this way.
In 2008, Mayra Rosales of Texas, weighing a whopping 76 stone, admitted to killing her nephew. She claimed she fell on the boy and killed him by accident.
The case that ensued brought other facts to light. Despite her confession, there were doubts in the minds of the prosecutor and even the judge. She was, for one, too fat to commit a murder. The woman could hardly move around. Further clues led towards her sister, who ran off to Mexico.
Mayra finally admitted she had taken the fall for her sister, who in fact, had beaten her son to death. The reason, you ask. Mayra wanted to protect her sister and was willing to sacrifice the miserable life she was leading as a morbidly obese individual.
"I was already giving up in life, and the way I saw it, when they began saying I was going to get capital murder charges, I really saw it like they were doing me a favor," she said.
The trial was an ordeal, much like Mayra’s life in recent years. She was ready to embrace death with open arms right up the point that lawyers and well wishers forced her to reveal the truth.
Her sister Jaime Rosales was finally convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail.
With justice prevailing, greener pastures lay ahead for Mayra, who with the help of concerned doctors, went through surgery, a diet and therapy. She emerged a changed person and although her struggles to lead a normal life aren’t over; Mayra is determined to keep at it.
Here are some glimpses in to herculean efforts and the amazing results:
From a time, when she had to be carried out of the house by tearing down the walls, being lifted on a tarpaulin onto a moving truck:
She went n to get medical help:
And stands today, a changed person
No doubt, from admitting to a murder she didn’t commit to committing to a life of change and inspiration for many, Mayra Rosales is one brave woman.