Obese 412lb mum loses 230lb In 15 months
A woman has lost half of her body weight in just over a year after joining a fitness programme.
After losing an incredible 230 pounds in a short period of time, Katelyn Broughton, who resides in Columbus, Ohio, was left with severe excess skin.
The 26-year-old underwent her first skin removal surgery - a circumferential body lift - in December last year.
Katelyn has set up a GoFundMe page in hopes to raise money for further skin removal surgeries - thighplasty (thigh lift), brachioplasty (arm lift) and a mastopexy (breast lift) - to remove the skin on her upper and lower body.
On the page she writes: "I have lost over 200 lbs and plan to continue. It is impossible to go through a massive weight loss and not have excess skin. Although I would rather have excess skin than be over 400 lbs, it can cause rashes, irritations and discomfort."
Updating her followers at the end of last year she added: "I had my appointment with my plastic surgeon today and found out that unfortunately, I am not a good candidate to get any procedure covered by insurance.
"This was really discouraging to hear and I'm trying my best to stay positive. I have worked so hard and have stayed so dedicated to this lifestyle and I'm to the final stages, but money holds me back. Excess skin is uncomfortable, causes rashes, limits my clothing options and has been detrimental to my mental health. More than I would like to admit.
"It will have an out of pocket cost of $12,835, which is due 2 weeks prior to surgery. I know that plenty of you are probably sick of me sharing my gofundme, but I am at a point of desperation! If you are able to help me in any way, by donating or sharing, PLEASE help."