Lexi Reed, the weight loss influencer who lost over 300 pounds through simple diet and exercise, has finally come home from the hospital after being put on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma.
Reed, 31, became very ill and was rushed to the ICU several weeks ago. This past weekend, she shared with her 1.2 million followers on her @fatgirlfedup account that she is now home and in recovery.
In two separate posts, she gave a health update to her fans.
One photo had text that read, “We Fall. We Break. We Fail. But then, we rise. We heal. We overcome.”
“I’m back home and ready to overcome the next part of this part of my story,” she wrote in her caption. “Happy to be alive when it was seeming to be not possible and I was unresponsive in the trauma room. Thank you to everyone for the love I’m already seeing today from the past month. Love you guys- Lexi.”
In another post, Reed implored fans to visit her GoFundMe page to help cover her medical bills. Her goal is $200,000. She wrote alongside the link, “Love is all I can feel right now and I can’t help but want to cry.”
She explained that “between four family members helping me to even get in the car and into the house with stairs, lifting me and my chair, family bringing over medical supplies and visiting since they couldn’t at the hospital and everyone here. I am blessed.”
Fans were a bit skeptical about Reed’s condition and questioned the validity of her sickness. They wondered in the comments section of her GoFundMe post why Reed wasn’t being “transparent” enough.
“I absolutely wish you a speedy recovery, but these questions about transparency are valid considering your purported net worth combined with the fact you apparently didn’t see the importance of securing health insurance,” one user claimed. “If you’re asking for money I think you’ll have a more successful campaign by being honest about what’s been going on.”
“I’m normally very emphatic and encouraging, but something just doesn’t seem right about all of this. Social media influencers who got famous and received gifts and funds for their weight loss successes, start ghosting their social media pages when the weight started to come back on, then no one hears anything from them for week, until they post an outrageous go fund me page for an unknown Illness, no explanation and one picture,” another added.
“I feel your followers deserve a little more information. Specifically what caused you to be in this situation? The GoFundMe is so vague,” one said.
On Feb. 10, Reed’s husband, Danny Reed, announced on her Instagram account that the social media star had been hospitalized.
He revealed that her organs were failing and was unable to eat and shared a photo of Reed being hooked up to ventilators in a hospital bed on her page.
“A few weeks ago Lexi kept getting sick and couldn’t keep any food down. She then started acting differently so I took her to the hospital where they admitted her into ICU, placed on a medically induced [coma], on a ventilator, and [told] me that her organs started failing,” he said.
“They said if I waited another day to take her she could have died,” he continued. “She is currently in dialysis, can’t walk, and working on recovery. Getting her back to health has been our top priority. 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 noted that the couple does not currently have health insurance.