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Anorexic woman saved by strangers at Green Hills YMCA
Lauryn Lax uses a rowing machines in Austin, Texas, where she is working as an occupational therapist to meet her clinical requirements. Her muscular frame was skin and bones in August 2011 when fellow gym goers at the Green Hills YMCA staged an intervention.(Photo: Laura Roberts / For The Tennessean)
Lax didn't realize how sick she was and resisted the help of strangers. They would not take no for an answer.
Lax gave a politely defensive response, saying she was OK and had received counseling. But the unspoken message was clear.
She had stalked Lax on Monday morning, following her from an upstairs workout area to a downstairs weight machine.
Three years ago, she was a 23 year old woman who had moved to a new place where no one knew that she had battled her eating disorder since the age of 10 or that she had been hospitalized more than a dozen times.
Other gym goers at the YMCA also were watching her decline and wondering what to do. Was she really anorexic? Was it some other Mens Polo Shirts On Sale At Macy's medical condition? They contemplated the potential awkwardness of making a wrong assumption, the rudeness of violating someone's privacy and the danger of doing nothing.
If they had waited any longer, Lauryn Lax would have died. When they took her to a hospital on an August morning in 2011, doctors thought they might have to implant a pacemaker. Anorexia nervosa had weakened Lax to the point that her heart was struggling to beat.
They watched her slog through marathon workouts every weekday morning at the Green Hills YMCA, her emaciated body leaning on the rails of the Stairmaster.
"I didn't know these people," Lax said. "I had seen them more as acquaintances."
"It felt a bit like kidnapping," said Louise Grant. Fred Perry Golf Shirt
"It was a horrible experience for every single one of us, for her and for us."
Now she calls them her angels. Today, Lax is healthy and about to complete her graduate studies at Belmont University. She's planning a party with her angels.
Lauryn Lax during a quiet moment in Austin, Texas.(Photo: Laura Roberts / For The Tennessean)
Then nine of them staged an intervention.
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they waited longer, Lauryn Lax would have diedAt the hospital, doctors thought they might have to implant a pacemakerToday, Lax is healthy and calls the group her angels
She was withering away before their eyes.
"That girl was there," Frank Grant told his wife one Sunday afternoon, confirming the couple's suspicion that she was working out multiple times a day. They didn't know her name, but she was young enough to be their daughter.
L'Tanya Bell did the detective work, tracing Lax to Little Rock, Ark., and then finding a likely telephone number for her parents. Judith Hill started researching eating disorder treatment centers in Nashville. Louise Grant and Susie Bateman made the telephone calls, contacting Lax's father and making arrangements to take her to an emergency room.
some help. I believe that you have an eating disorder, and I really want to do something to help you."
The nine decided to take action. Had they waited, Lauryn Lax could have died.
"I know we don't know each other," Louise Grant said, introducing herself to Lax. "I have to tell you that I would like to get you Fred Perry Pants Mens
Lauryn Lax relents and smiles for the camera with the Green Hills YMCA gym goers who took her to a Nashville hospital on the morning of the intervention.(Photo: Submitted)
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