I was Britain’s fattest teen – now having my baby could kill me…

Super slimmer Malissa Jones’ incredible true-life story about her traumatic weight loss and pregnancy appears over two pages in CLOSER magazine today.

How Malissa’s story looks in CLOSER magazine

Three years ago Malissa Jones emailed me through sell my story website, Featureworld after she lost an incredible 22 stones. Malissa, then 17, was the youngest person to undergo a gastric bypass in the UK and I placed her story in the News of the World newspaper. Her story then went into Reveal. A year later Malissa and I decided to place her story again about how she regretted having this operation. Many people said she was ungrateful as doctors did it to save her life. But it had left her with terrible saggy skin. Closer took up her story, which also appeared in the Daily Mail.
And now Malissa is pregnant and due to her bypass, which has left her with much internal scarring, the pregnancy is fraught with difficulty. Doctors have been blunt – she shouldn’t really have this baby as it could burst the scarring and she could bleed to death.
However, despite the risks, Malissa and her boyfriend have decided to go ahead. Malissa has always wanted to be a mum and she couldn’t face not having her child.
She isn’t well though and doctors have warned her baby will probably be premature. Malissa shared her fears with Closer readers today – we can only wish her the best and hope this story does have a happy ending with the birth of a bonny baby.
One of the most satisfying things in Featureworld is selling someone’s story not once or twice, but several times and even years later. In fact, the vast majority of interviewees do ask for their stories to be sold again – a testament to the fact that selling your story is so enjoyable, even if like Malissa you are going through a difficult time in your life.

If you are considering selling a story, do contact me here: I want to sell my story

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Alison Smith-Squire

Alison Smith-Squire is a writer, journalist and media agent selling exclusive real life stories to newspapers, magazines and TV. She owns the sell my story website Featureworld.co.uk, which was set up to help ordinary people sell their stories to the press.

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