In 2005 Melissa Morris was one of the heaviest women to undergo gastric bypass surgery. At 673 pounds most doctors would not even consider operating on such a high risk patient. Like any other young woman, Melissa had simple goals. Get married, have some children, raise them, and maybe become a soccer mom.
Melissa was featured on TLC’S “My 600 Pound Life” and has successfully lost more than 400 pounds. After surgery she found that she had a real passion for helping others who may be in the same place in life she once found herself. The surgeon in Houston, Texas who started a grass roots movement to help patients who weigh more than 600 pounds found Melissa to be an extraordinary patient and after her surgery, he hired her as a patient advocate. Dr. Younan Nowazardan saw what others have seen in Melissa, a real passion for helping others. Having been 673 pounds at one time, he felt it gave her real insight when helping those who struggled with the same eating issues she once did.
Melissa’s number one goal was to become a mother. That goal was reached in 2010 when she was blessed with her beautiful daughter. Since that first child she has added two wonderful boys to the family. Today, Melissa spends her days working around middle and high school students and volunteering at her daughters softball league. While Melissa strives every day to live a healthy lifestyle and set good examples of healthy eating habits for her family, it isn’t easy. Melissa believes that gastric bypass and Dr. Nowzaradan saved her life. She had to do the work, but Dr. Nowzaradan and his decision to take a risk and help the super obese people other doctors won’t touch allowed her to fulfill all of her dreams.
Fireside Chat: Saturday 10:45am – 11:45am, Royal Ballroom
Last Chance to Live, Life After My 600lb Life
Join us for a Fireside chat with Amber Rachdi and Melissa Morris of TLC‘s hit show, My 600lb Life! You’ll hear about their experiences as they filmed their segments and how life is for them today. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in an open Q&A setting.