How much is one’s image worth? How Venus Palermo aka YouTube star, Venus Angelic nearly died after already weighing a slim 119 pounds underwent weight loss surgery that nearly killed her.
Causing disconcert are the recent travails of 21 year old YouTube Star, Venus Palermo who had a near death experience after undergoing weight loss surgery while only weighing a mere 119 pounds after believing she was obese.
Palermo, who grew up in London and now resides in Japan as a ‘living doll’ fixture under her channel name of Venus Angelic had approached up to 50 doctors to perform the surgery, all of whom rejected her except one.
The YouTube star with over 1.7 million subscribers told of traveling to South Korea where she had the ‘dramatic’ weight loss procedure, which the dailymail reports involved sewing shut a portion of her stomach to make it smaller and removing 120cm of her intestines.
At first, the surgery was a success with the social media personality claiming she managed to maintain a weight of just over 8stone, close to 116 pounds.
Wanting to appear ‘naturally skinny’ she kept the surgery a secret, but about a year later she began to get sick and could no longer eat any food or water.
Constantly throwing up, the social media star’s weight plummeted to just over six stone (84 pounds) and she had to be admitted to hospital, where she was force drip fed.
It was discovered the stitches had collapsed, meaning food was going into the closed-off part of her stomach, with doctors determining Palermo needed emergency surgery to repair her stomach.
The young woman’s effort to parlay a particular image, whether that one in her head or that viewers seemed to demand led to near non reversible consequences.
Venus Palermo aka Venus Angelic: ‘I used to see myself as a huge obese person’.
Told Venus, ‘It was devastating when the doctor came into my room and said we would need to do surgery.
‘I felt so dumb I cared so much about something unnecessary and hurt myself and my husband.
‘When I started to puke out just water I realised something was really wrong.
‘It was really scary and it was very painful – I honestly thought I was going to die.
Venus suffered from body issue from a young age and says she saw herself as morbidly obese, despite her slim frame.
‘At the time I got the surgery what I really needed was psychological help and not a weight loss surgery.
‘I used to try and avoid looking at myself, but when I out in the city walking around I would see myself in the window’s reflection as this really huge obese person in the way of everyone.
‘I felt like this huge elephant bumping around – I tried to hide myself because I thought I was so big.’
Venus Palermo aka Venus Angelic: ‘….please don’t take extreme measures no matter how much you hate yourself’.
Since her near death experience, Venus says she ‘feels’ angry at the one doctor (and not herself?) who was willing to perform the surgery on her, arguing that she needed psychological help instead.
Told Venus via Caters News Agency, ‘He might have all the qualifications, but a ‘real’ doctor he should have prioritized health over personal gain.
‘I looked surgeons all over the world and asked who would be willing to do it – I must’ve messaged about 50 different, and just one doctor just agreed.
‘When it came to the surgery and he put my mask on, I knew I could die but I wasn’t scared I just felt numb.’
Wanting people to believe that she was simply ‘naturally skinny’ Venus kept her surgery a secret for almost two years.
Even keeping the surgery from her boyfriend, until she was forced to reveal the reason for her illness.
‘I kept it a secret for so long – I just felt so so bad that I didn’t want to tell anyone.
‘I told a few friends because I kept getting pain and when I spoke to my girlfriends about it and they were really understanding.
Venus’ near death trauma have now led to her sharing her story in a bid to help other girls going through the same thing.
Venus says she hopes her story will stop others from taking such extreme action if they feel bad about their bodies.
Explained the anorexic social media star, ‘I had to be hospitalized at 90 pounds and my face was white and my fingernails were blue.
‘I got stomach medication and I got nutrients and hydration through an IV so they could keep me alive.
‘The sutures had dropped and liquid and food couldn’t pass through the small intestine, and dropped into the part of the stomach that was closed off.
‘I want to tell others – please don’t take extreme measures no matter how much you hate yourself – I feel like I was kind of suicidal when I was younger.
‘I made a mistake in my life – I don’t always do things right I started to learn from my mistakes.
‘I think dwelling on things doesn’t help – I don’t want to live with regret – I want something productive to come from it and to help people.
‘I still have my bad days, but I used to think being skinny was more important than health and now, after this experience, I realize that without health you have nothing.’