Thirty-three pounds lighter, Hawthorne resident Pat Carey ended her 29-day fast this week and claimed victory for her efforts to publicize the plight of missing American soldiers in Southeast Asia.
Carey had maintained her fast in a tent in Hawthorne Memorial Park, where she subsisted on water with lime juice.
In a telephone interview from her boyfriend's home in Ventura, Carey, 40, said she felt no lasting ill effects from her fast. She said she was heartened by an impromptu celebration thrown for her by about 100 friends and veterans who gathered at her tent Sunday when she ended the fast.
"As soon as I stopped, some friends went across the street to Burger King to get me the chicken sandwich I'd been craving for weeks. . . . Food is fantastic."
Carey, who went from 153 pounds to 120, said she was always in good spirits during her fast, but the physical stress was overwhelming at times.