Former model warns against diet pill abuse

Former model warns against diet pill abuse


BEEN REMOVED, THIS WOULD CAUSE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS.>>>A FORMER MODEL SHARING A WARNING ABOUT THE HIGH COST OF LOOKING GOOD. SHE TOOK A POPULAR PILL TO TREAT CONDITIONS, BUT THIS CASE SHE WAS USING THE PILL TO LOSE WEIGHT. AND AS HEALTH REPORTER HALEY HERNANDEZ EXPLAINS, THE ABUSE OF THAT MEDICATION HAS LEFT HER WITH PERMANENT DAMAGE.>>Reporter: A SUMMER DAY AT THE BEACH. PERFECT BODIES ON DISPLAY. BUT THE URGE TO GET THOSE SIX-PACK ABS CAN COME WITH A PRICE. VIVIAN FREES KNOWS IT ALL TOO WELL. THE 51-YEAR-OLD FORMER MODEL IS WAITING FOR A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT. HER OWN ORGANS SHUT DOWN THREE YEARS AGO AND DAILY DIALYSIS KEEPS HER ALIVE. HER HEALTH CRISIS BEGAN THE DAY SHE STARTED MODELING.>>I WANTED TO BE THE PERFECT DAUGHTER, THE PERFECT WIFE, THE PERFECT FRIEND. AND I ALWAYS WANTED TO LOOK GOOD. LOOKS WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN MY LIFE.>>Reporter: THAT OBSESSION TOOK A DANGEROUS TURN WHEN SHE BEGAN ABUSING DIURETICS TO LOSE WEIGHT AND GET THE HIGH CHEEK BONES. ONE IS COMMONLY PRESCRIBED TO TREAT HEART FAILURE AND HYPERTENSION. BUT IT’S ALSO PRESCRIBED TO EASE SYMPTOMS OF PMS. VIVIAN SAYS IT WAS EASY TO GET AND EASY TO MISUSE.>>I TOOK THE DIET COKE BECAUSE I WAS THIRSTY, I HAD THREE OR FOUR PILLS AND RIGHT AFTER I TOOK THE DIET COKE, I TOOK THE PILLS SO I CAN LET IT ALL OUT BECAUSE WHAT I WANTED TO DO IS FEEL SKINNY AND I DIDN’T WANT TO FEEL FLOATED.>>THEY WERE SLOWLY KILLING BOTH HER KIDNEYS. VIVIAN’S HUSBAND JIM IS NOW WORKING TO FIND HIS WIFE A NEW KIDNEY. HE’S SPENDING HOURS FILLING OUT PAPERWORK FOR TRANSPLANT WAITING LISTS AND WORKING SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT LIVING DONORS. SHE IS NOT A CANDIDATE TO DONATE ONE OF HIS KIDNEYS BUT HOPES SOMEONE ELSE WILL STEP UP.>>I’M FULLY CONSUMED, EVEN WHEN WE’RE ASLEEP AT NIGHT, I’M LISTENING TO THE TROUBLE THAT VIVIAN IS HAVING BREATHING AND KNOWING I GOT TO GET HER A KIDNEY.>>Reporter: AND WHILE SHE WAITS, VIVIAN SAYS SHE WANTS TO BE A VOICE FOR OTHERS WHO MAY BE DYING TO BE THIN. WARNING OTHERS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DANGERS OF DIURETICS.>>BEFORE I KNEW IT I WAS INTO LAXATIVES AND I SELF-INFLICTDED ALL THIS — SELF-INFLICTED ALL THIS PAIN ON MYSELF WITHOUT REALIZING WHERE I WAS GOING TO END UP. IF I KNEW I WOULD END UP SIX DAYS A WEEK ON DIALYSIS, I WOULD NEVER HAVE DONE THIS EVER.>>Reporter: A POWERFUL MESSAGE SHE HOPES WILL SAVE A LIFE. THERE ARE OVER-THE-COUNTER VERSIONS MARKETED AS EXPEL, AND H20 LEAN. PARENTS SHOULD KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THESE BRAND NAMES TO HELP

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