After losing weight, 208 pounds to be exact, Kaitlyn Smith was still self-consious about all the excess skin that hung off her body. But now she can rest easy, thanks to a Miami-based plastic surgeon who offered to perform the procedures for free!
The 19-year-old had originally set up a GoFundMe page to pay for the surgeries, which are estimated to cost $50,000. "Since I am still so young, I just want to feel beautiful in my own skin," she wrote on the website. "I've come so far and proven to myself and others that it can be done."
But after hearing her story, Dr. Michael Salzhauer felt compelled to gift her three procedures. Smith will use the $7,000 she's raised so far to pay for travel expenses and accommodations while she recuperates.
Now 206 pounds, the Portland, Ore., teen reveals she lost the massive amount of weight through diet and exercise alone after her parents hired health coach and trainer Kina Wald.
"Honestly, I was scared at first," Smith explained to 'The Portland Leader'. "I thought she was going to be like a drill sergeant yelling at me. I had tried so many different things — so many different diets. I thought there was no point."
But it turned out to be the best thing for her. Along with telling Smith to eat every two hours, Wald helped her find workouts that weren't too strenuous.
"It has changed me emotionally and spiritually," she said of her transformation. "I had to learn to love myself again, and I'm more confident now."
Head over to Smith's GoFundMe page to read more about her journey!