Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition S05E11 – Jackie

Jackie (Denver, CO) was a match athlete in highschool, however she placed on greater than a hundred kilos (reaching a complete of 266 weight) after her new child child suffered Shaken Child Syndrome by the hands of the nanny. The incident resulted in mind injury that the kid nonetheless lives with sixteen years later. Jackie is hoping to lose the surplus weight that continues to carry her again and collect the fortitude to forgive the nanny who modified their lives without end. U.S. Olympic Swimming greats Missy Franklin and Amy Van Dyken, plus Chef Rocco DiSpirito visitor star.


A 266lb mom-of-two realized that to get wholesome and lose the load, she wanted to overcome her grief over her little one struggling shaken child syndrome by the hands of a caregiver sixteen years in the past.

Jackie Rodriguez from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was as much as the heaviest weight she’d ever been when she reached out to Chris Powell from Excessive Weight Loss for assist.

The forty four-yr-outdated wished to vary her life – which concerned not simply shedding a complete of 122lbs in a yr and getting right down to 144lbs, but in addition going through a few of the emotional points that had been holding her again for over a decade and a half.

‘Actually, I understand how it received this unhealthy, however I can not imagine I let myself get this large,’ she stated at first of the most recent episode of the hit ABC present.
Jackie defined that she was an energetic child, ‘working across the neighborhood like loopy’, cheerleading, and enjoying softball. However when her first youngster, Hunter, was 14 months outdated, her life modified eternally.

‘He was my little sunshine,’ she stated, earlier than explaining that every little thing turned the other way up during she was pregnant along with her daughter on October 19, 1998.
‘My telephone rang and it was Hunter’s daycare supplier, and she or he stated: “One thing’s improper with Hunter. He is respiration humorous.”‘

She rushed over to search out the toddler lying on the ground in his diaper, his limbs oddly positioned, his eyes dazed, and his mouth stuffed with vomit. An ambulance was known as, and first responders needed to revive Hunter, who had stopped respiratory. The rushed him to the hospital.

‘Lastly a health care provider got here in and he informed us that [our] son sustained a large mind harm and he stated that mainly they did not know if he was gonna survive,’ Jackie remembered by way of tears. ‘They mentioned: “We’ll see what the subsequent 24 hours will convey.” That is after I suppose I heard “shaken child syndrome” for the primary time.’

There are such a lot of issues I would like to repair about myself. I do not know if I am fixable

Shaken child syndrome happens after a child is moved or dealt with violently. As a result of brains are nonetheless growing at that time, youngsters that small can maintain severe head trauma. It has a 25 per cent mortality charge.

As Jackie recalled the ache of that day along with her household, together with her husband, Greg, Hunter, now 17, acquired choked up himself, saying that he did not perceive why his babysitter, Shauna, would try this to him.

‘I dropped off an attractive son, after which his life was modified without end; he is somebody completely completely different,’ Jackie mentioned, nonetheless crying. Although Hunter survived – and beat the chances by not residing in a vegetative star – his life has not been with out struggles. For some time, he was blind and relied on a wheelchair. He can now stroll and see, however small issues nonetheless give him hassle, like tying his footwear, shaving his face, and zipping his jacket.

‘He struggles emotionally and he has some bodily disabilities,’ Jackie defined. “However give him time and he at all times comes round.’

In fact, it wasn’t simply Hunter’s struggles that weighed closely on the Rodriguezes. Jackie stated that her household wasn’t there for her the best way she had hoped they’d be, abandoning her in her time of want. Years later, she nonetheless did not converse to her mother and father or 4 of her 5 siblings.

However with Excessive Weight Loss on her aspect, Jackie stated that she needed to maneuver on – although she wasn’t positive she may: ‘I hate to Iet this occasion management me, and each time I see my self I see hatred, I see blame. There are such a lot of issues I want to repair about myself. I do not know if I am fixable.’

That does not imply she wasn’t ready to attempt. When coach Chris Powell got here to inform her that she was coming besides camp, Jackie was already engaged on herself, taking part in a coloration run in Denver.

‘This 12 months, I mentioned that is the yr – forty four is gonna be a chore, however forty five I am gonna really feel alive,’ she defined.

Chris famous: ‘The factor I really like about Jackie is that she has already taken it upon herself to start her weight reduction journey, so I am gonna throw somewhat rocket gas on that.’

At her first weigh-in, it was revealed that the 5’6” mother weighed 266lbs. Since she had a purpose of getting right down to one hundred forty, she and Chris wasted no time attending to work.

Jackie continued to push herself by boot camp, dropping 68lbs and getting right down to 198lbs at her three-month weigh-in. She took to swimming specifically, which gave Chris an concept for the second part of her weight reduction. He recruited Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin to ship a message, telling Jackie that she can be focusing extra on swimming throughout months 4 via six of her journey.

For Part Two, Chris supplied one other shock. Amy Van Dyken – an Olympic swimmer who has been paralyzed from the waist down since an ATV accident left her with a severed spinal twine – could be coaching with Jackie for six month milestone, teaching her by means of swim follow.

On the finish of their three months collectively, Jackie had remodeled. She hadn’t simply lost weight however was additionally a stronger swimmer. Robust sufficient that Chris advised her that her subsequent problem can be swimming in open water within the Bahamas.

All the way down to 161lbs at her six-month weigh-in, Jackie was excited for the problem. During Chris adopted close by in a kayak, she swam a number of miles throughout the Atlantic Ocean, impressing herself and her youngsters.

‘It was exhausting however I pushed it and I pushed it,’ she stated.

However during she was overcoming her weight reduction hurdles, she nonetheless had a private one to deal with. Hunter considered why his babysitter, Shauna, harm him all these years in the past, and thought it was indirectly his fault.

To present him closure, Jackie helped him document a video to indicate Shauna what it was prefer to dwell his life along with his disabilities. However after ready for a while with no response, Jackie took it upon herself to go to the previous babysitter on her son’s behalf, exhibiting up at her home unannounced.

‘He thinks it is his fault,’ Jackie instructed her. ‘He says, “What did I do to make her shake me?” and I simply desire him to be free from that, simply listening to from you that he did not do something. In the event you may assist me.’

Shauna, who had hung out in jail for abusing Hunter, replied: ‘I am so sorry. I by no means meant to harm anyone.’

The 2 each cried and hugged, and Shauna promised to look at the video. Shauna then wrote Hunter a letter, which Jackie learn at her last weigh-in.

‘I watched your video, and also you ask me why I harm you,’ she recited. ‘That could be a query I’ve requested myself for nearly sixteen years. I’m so sorry, Hunter. I’d give something to return to that day simply to hug you and sing to you want would another day. Simply know that you just had achieved nothing to deserve any of the issues I’ve trigger you. You might be an inspiration and a blessing from God.’

Hunter and Jackie each felt a lot better – a happiness that was amplified by Jackie’s profitable last weigh-in. Right down to 144lbs, she stunned herself by assembly her weight reduction aim in a yr.

‘I did not suppose I’d ever be the place I am at at present,’ she stated.

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