Weight loss influencer Lexi Reed who was in coma due to organ failure gives health update

A weight loss influencer who was put into a medically-induced coma due to multiple organ failure has updated fans about her health, revealing that she is ‘working to heal’ while on dialysis.

Lexi Reed, 31, from Indiana, told followers that she has finally left the hospital to recover at home after spending almost a month in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The social media star, who has gained more than a million followers while documenting her weight loss of 312 pounds through diet and exercise, was rushed to the hospital last month after she started getting ‘severely sick.’

There, she was told that her kidney and liver were failing, and was put on a ventilator and forced into a medically-induced coma, which left her unable to walk. 

Now, Lexi – who is still in a wheelchair and undergoing dialysis three days a week – said she feels ‘ready to overcome the next part of her story’ and is just ‘happy to be alive.’

A weight loss influencer who was put into a medically-induced coma due to multiple organ failure has shared an important health update

A weight loss influencer who was put into a medically-induced coma due to multiple organ failure has shared an important health update

A weight loss influencer who was put into a medically-induced coma due to multiple organ failure has shared an important health update

Lexi Reed (pictured before her weight loss), revealed she has finally left the hospital to recover at home - after spending almost a month in the ICU

Lexi Reed (pictured before her weight loss), revealed she has finally left the hospital to recover at home - after spending almost a month in the ICU

Lexi (pictured after her weight loss), from Indiana, has gained more than a million followers for sharing her weight loss journey online

Lexi (pictured after her weight loss), from Indiana, has gained more than a million followers for sharing her weight loss journey online

Lexi Reed (pictured left before her weight loss, and right after her weight loss), revealed she has finally left the hospital to recover at home after spending almost a month in the ICU

The social media star, 31, was rushed to the hospital last month after she started getting 'severely sick,' and was then told that her kidney and liver were failing

The social media star, 31, was rushed to the hospital last month after she started getting 'severely sick,' and was then told that her kidney and liver were failing

The social media star, 31, was rushed to the hospital last month after she started getting ‘severely sick,’ and was then told that her kidney and liver were failing

Now, Lexi said she feels 'ready to overcome the next part of her story' and is just 'happy to be alive' in a series of Instagram posts

Now, Lexi said she feels 'ready to overcome the next part of her story' and is just 'happy to be alive' in a series of Instagram posts

Now, Lexi – who is still in a wheelchair and undergoing dialysis – said she feels ‘ready to overcome the next part of her story’ and is just ‘happy to be alive’ in a series of Instagram posts 

Lexi is out of the hospital but has to get dialysis three times a week for four hours

Lexi is out of the hospital but has to get dialysis three times a week for four hours

Lexi is out of the hospital but has to get dialysis three times a week for four hours

‘I’m back home and ready to overcome the next part of this part of my story,’ she wrote on Instagram on Sunday.

‘Happy to be alive when it wasn’t seeming to be not possible and I was unresponsive in the trauma room. Thank you to everyone for the love.’

In another post, Lexi said it took ‘four family members’ to help get her from the car into her house. 

‘Not my best 6 AM photo but part of my daily ritual – dialysis,’ she captioned a selfie on Monday, which showed her wearing a mask and glasses, with tubes hooked up to her body.

‘I have to go three times a week for four hours where they hook me up to a machine and remove waste and excess fluids as my kidneys aren’t working,’ she explained.

‘I may not be focusing on weight loss as much on here right now (I’m eating healthy in bed and aiming for more protein) but I am working to heal.  

He also claimed on a GoFundMe page started for Lexi - where they've raised more than $60,000 - that she is waiting to find out if she needs a kidney or liver transplant. Lexi is pictured in the hospital

He also claimed on a GoFundMe page started for Lexi - where they've raised more than $60,000 - that she is waiting to find out if she needs a kidney or liver transplant. Lexi is pictured in the hospital

Rapid weight loss and weight gain can both contribute to kidney failure - however, it has not been confirmed whether Lexi's condition was caused by her weight loss. Lexi is pictured in the hospital

Rapid weight loss and weight gain can both contribute to kidney failure - however, it has not been confirmed whether Lexi's condition was caused by her weight loss. Lexi is pictured in the hospital

Rapid weight loss can contribute to kidney failure – however, it has not been confirmed whether Lexi’s condition was caused by her weight loss. Lexi is pictured in the hospital

Lexi and Danny (pictured in February 2021) shot to fame in 2016 after their weight loss story went viral

Lexi and Danny (pictured in February 2021) shot to fame in 2016 after their weight loss story went viral

Lexi and Danny (pictured in February 2021) shot to fame in 2016 after their weight loss story went viral

The couple, who said 'I do' in 2015, weighed a combined 765 pounds. They are pictured before their weight loss

The couple, who said 'I do' in 2015, weighed a combined 765 pounds. They are pictured before their weight loss

They then made a New Year's resolution to lose weight. They are pictured after their weight loss

They then made a New Year's resolution to lose weight. They are pictured after their weight loss

The couple, who said ‘I do’ in 2015, weighed a combined 765 pounds before making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. They are pictured before (left) and after (right) weight loss

Making a change: They traded fast food for home-cooked meals. Lexi is pictured before her weight loss

Making a change: They traded fast food for home-cooked meals. Lexi is pictured before her weight loss

She also started going to the gym five to six times a week. Lexi is pictured after her weight loss

She also started going to the gym five to six times a week. Lexi is pictured after her weight loss

Making a change: They traded fast food for home-cooked meals and started going to the gym five to six times a week. Lexi is pictured before (left) and after (right) her weight loss

Lexi's husband, Danny, revealed via Instagram on Friday that was hospitalized last month after she 'couldn't keep any food down' and started 'acting differently'

Lexi's husband, Danny, revealed via Instagram on Friday that was hospitalized last month after she 'couldn't keep any food down' and started 'acting differently'

Lexi’s husband, Danny, revealed via Instagram on Friday that was hospitalized last month after she ‘couldn’t keep any food down’ and started ‘acting differently’ 

‘I wanted to share parts with you guys on this new journey as I was never hospitalized or anything before all of this. Knowledge is power! Love you all!’

Lexi’s husband, Danny, revealed via Instagram on Friday that she had been hospitalized last month after she ‘couldn’t keep any food down’ and started ‘acting differently.’

‘A few weeks ago Lexi kept getting sick and couldn’t keep any food down,’ he wrote at the time.

‘She then started acting differently so I took her to the hospital where they admitted her into ICU, placed on a medically induced comma, on a ventilator, and [told] me that her organs started failing.

‘They also told me if I had waited its possible she could have died. She is currently in dialysis, can’t walk, and working on recovery.

‘Sadly we do not have insurance. Thank you all for your prayers they all mean so much to us and this will be a long hard battle part of her story but she is strong!’

He also wrote on a GoFundMe page started for Lexi – where they’ve raised more than $60,000 – that she is waiting to find out if she needs a kidney or liver transplant. 

'Pound by pound, step by step, day by day - we have transformed our lives and molded our bodies into the people we've always wanted to be,' Lexi shared in 2017

'Pound by pound, step by step, day by day - we have transformed our lives and molded our bodies into the people we've always wanted to be,' Lexi shared in 2017

True love: She also said that Danny has always loved and supported her no matter what her weight was

True love: She also said that Danny has always loved and supported her no matter what her weight was

‘Pound by pound, step by step, day by day – we have transformed our lives and molded our bodies into the people we’ve always wanted to be,’ Lexi shared in 2017

‘I spent many days crying not knowing what was going to happen,’ he wrote. ‘Thank you all for your prayers they all mean so much to us and this will be a long hard battle part of her story but she is strong!’

According to the Journal of Renal Nutrition, rapid weight loss and weight gain can both contribute to kidney failure – however, it has not been confirmed whether Lexi’s condition was caused by her weight loss. 

Lexi and Danny shot to fame in 2016 after their weight loss story went viral on the internet.

The couple, who said ‘I do’ in 2015, weighed a combined 765 pounds and gorged on a total of 8,000 calories a day before making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

They traded fast food for home-cooked meals and started going to the gym five to six times a week.

In two years, Lexi went from 485 pounds to 173 pounds, while Danny dropped 95 pounds from his 208-pound frame. 

‘We didn’t have a meal plan, surgery, personal trainer, but what we did have was each other and the motivation within to work hard every single day,’ she wrote in an inspiring Instagram post in 2017. 

In 2018, she underwent a nine-hour surgery to remove seven pounds of excess skin from her body with the intention of having more removed in the future

In 2018, she underwent a nine-hour surgery to remove seven pounds of excess skin from her body with the intention of having more removed in the future

In 2018, she underwent a nine-hour surgery to remove seven pounds of excess skin from her body with the intention of having more removed in the future 

For the past eight years, Lexi (pictured in November) has been chronicling the ups and downs of her weight loss journey on her Instagram, which has been a source of inspiration for millions

For the past eight years, Lexi (pictured in November) has been chronicling the ups and downs of her weight loss journey on her Instagram, which has been a source of inspiration for millions

For the past eight years, Lexi (pictured in November) has been chronicling the ups and downs of her weight loss journey on her Instagram, which has been a source of inspiration for millions

Keeping it real: In September, admitted that she had gained back some of the weight she lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but wrote that she was still proud of herself

Keeping it real: In September, admitted that she had gained back some of the weight she lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but wrote that she was still proud of herself

Keeping it real: In September, admitted that she had gained back some of the weight she lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but wrote that she was still proud of herself

Lexi noted that they had no idea that six months into their resolution they would become a ‘completely different couple.’

‘We may have lost the weight but we have grown closer together. Pound by pound, step by step, day by day – we have transformed our lives and molded our bodies into the people we’ve always wanted to be,’ she shared.

Lexi ended the post with a tribute to her husband, explaining that Danny has always loved and supported her no matter what she weighed.

In 2018, she underwent a nine-hour surgery to remove seven pounds of excess skin from her body with the intention of having more removed in the future.  

For the past eight years, Lexi has been chronicling the ups and downs of her weight loss journey on her Instagram page, which has been a source of inspiration for millions. 

In September, she shared side-by-side photos of herself at her heaviest and her then, admitting that she gained back some of the weight she had lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

‘I’m still happy to be alive after fearing I’d miss 30 and I’ll never go back to where I was,’ she wrote at the time. ‘Start today!’

What causes organ failure? The most common triggers and warning signs, revealed 

The most common cause of kidney failure is diabetes, according to the American Kidney Fund, however high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases like lupus, genetic disease, and urinary tract problems can also lead to organ failure. 

In rare cases of acute renal failure, the kidneys can fail very quickly – within a matter of days. In these instances, organ failure is most commonly caused by heart attacks or illegal drug use and abuse. 

According to the Journal of Renal Nutrition, recent research also indicates that rapid weight loss and weight gain can both contribute to kidney failure. 

Kidney failure can be identified by a number of symptoms, including:

Itching
Muscle cramps
Nausea and vomiting
Not feeling hungry
Swelling in your feet and ankles
Too much urine (pee) or not enough urine
Trouble catching your breath
Trouble sleeping

In the case of acute renal failure, sufferers may also experience:  

Abdominal (belly) pain
Back pain
Diarrhea
Fever
Nosebleeds
Rash
Vomiting

Treatment options for kidney failure are limited and patients typically require dialysis or a transplant  in order to survive. 

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