Local weight-loss legend Mayra Rosales is set to show the world how she lost 800 pounds on a television special scheduled to air tonight.
Rosales will again appear on “Half-Ton Killer: Transformed,” an hourlong show at 8 p.m. on TLC, channel 28 on Time Warner Cable.
“I used to take up a whole king-size bed,” she told ABC News’ Nightline. “I couldn’t even stand up on my feet. My legs couldn’t hold my weight.”
Rosales’ rare thyroid condition went public in 2008 after she was accused of crushing to death her nephew and was formally charged with capital murder. Her case was thrown out after prosecutors learned she’d falsely confessed to the crime to protect her sister, Jamie, who is serving prison time for her son’s death.
“I tried to protect my sister, and I was already dying so I didn’t see … like I was doing (something) wrong,” Rosales told Nightline.
Reality TV producers approached Rosales a few months after her 2008 arrest. She was first featured on TLC in October 2012, when she had dropped to 440 pounds from her peak weight at more than 1,000 pounds after a series of surgeries and a medically administered weight-loss plan.
She has been featured on national television and a host of websites ahead of tonight’s program, with her name linking to more than 1,700 articles on a Google News search.