Dramatic Life Changes Chronicled in ABC News 20/20 ‘Before and After’ Edition, August 6

Among those profiled on the Before and After edition of ABC’s 20/20 on Friday, August 6:

  • David Smith, a former friendless shut-in who once weighed 630 lbs, lost an astounding 401 lbs with the help of his first true friend, a fitness trainer named Chris Powell. Not only did Powell help with the weight loss, he was instrumental in helping Smith – painfully shy and awkward around women – hit the singles scene in search of true love. Smith’s incredible transformation even led him to become a personal trainer himself. Chris Connelly reports.
  • Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, is not your typical beauty queen. She transforms in a matter of seconds from someone with a luxurious mane of hair to a bald beauty. Since the age of 10, Kayla has been fighting alopecia areata, an auto-immune disease that has resulted in severe hair loss. “There were times when I thought, is this really the right place for me? Do I belong in the Miss America Pageant? Is this ever going to happen for me?,” Kayla told “20/20.” Deborah Roberts reports on the transformative power of humanity over hair.
  • The Super Soaker is more than just an object of child’s play, it is a toy that transformed a life. Former NASA scientist Lonnie Johnson accidentally came up with the high powered water device while working at home, and a toy legend was born. For the financially struggling inventor whose marriage was on the rocks, the Super Soaker became the agent of change. John Berman reports.
  • Shira Neuberger seemed to be the perfect wife with the perfect life — a handsome husband, two beautiful daughters and a pretty house outside Philadelphia. But last year Shira stunned neighbors in her quiet suburb by splitting with her husband and inviting a new partner into her home. Even more surprising, the new love of Shira’s life wasn’t another man, but another woman. Elizabeth Vargas reports.

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