One local woman's fight to get better after a near death experience

Posted at 11:41 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 23:41:45-04

Armetta Landrum has a second chance at life, after surgery gone wrong in Mexico.

"I didn’t know if I was going to see my family members again or if I was going to make it," the fifty-seven-year-old Detroiter told 7 Action News Reporter Jennifer Bisram.

She weighed over four-hundred pounds four-years ago and decided in 2014 to go for weight-loss surgery in Mexico, despite being advised not to by her doctors.

“When I arrived at the clinic it looked like a rehab Taco Bell and didn’t even look like a medical facility at all.”

Still she went through with the surgery, but had to be rushed back to the United States because something went terribly wrong.

She ended up in a coma for five-months, before being treated by weight loss surgery specialist Dr. Matthew Weiner in West Bloomfield.

“It’s pretty much a miracle that Armetta did not die," said Dr. Matthew Weiner. “I essentially created a new surgery - have sleeve half bypass."

Now, Armetta weighs under 200-pounds, less than she’s weighed in thirty-years. She’s regaining her mobility, eating healthier and blogging all about it, but she wants people to know what happened to her, so it does not happen to them.

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