Living Skeleton Rosa Plemons was born in Tulane County, California, in 1873, weighing just one pound at birth. At the age of 19 Rosa was kidnapped from her father and taken on a tour of the United States. A man claiming to be her father told the public he was exhibiting her to earn money for her medical expenses. At the time, she weighed eighteen pounds and was permanently immobilized. Eating was difficult for her as well; it took her caretaker between 30 and 60 minutes to administer a meal.