The heart-wrenching plea of a dying severely anorexic actress who only weighs “40-something pounds” has raised more than $100,000 in just a few days and she is now set to begin treatment at a specialized clinic.
Rachael Farrokh, 37, from San Clemente, Southern California, released a YouTube video and set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to get help in her battle with a severe form of anorexia nervosa, which has lasted for more than a decade.
At the time of writing, the amount Farrokh has raised since setting up the page 23 days ago is $148,618, up from $59,000 just two days ago (and the total is rising fast). Thanks to their donors’ generosity, Farrokh and her husband now have enough money to get treatment for her at her home, before moving to a clinic in Colorado. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Rachel’s Road to Recovery GoFundMe page has raised close to $150,000 so far for Rachael Farrokh’s treatment.
2. Rachael Farrokh, from California, who has been battling anorexia nervosa for more than 10 years, released a video on YouTube to spotlight her fight against the life-threatening eating disorder.
Other hospitals previously refused to treat the anorexic actress because she doesn’t meet their minimum weight requirements and was a “liability”, husband Rod Edmondson wrote on the GoFundMe page. Farrokh said Friday:
My doctor wants me to stay here [in California] and is bringing the hospital basically to my bedside.
I’ll have a doctor, a registered nurse, therapist and other specialist treat me from home. My eating disorder doctor has set all of this up for me.
She actually has provided even extra care because right now she doesn’t think it’s safe for me to make the travel across country to a treatment center.
We are trying to build up to that point to travel to a specialized treatment center like Denver Health.
3. In the footage, she explains how her condition has severely declined in recent months, leaving her emaciated, breathless and too weak to move around on her own at her San Clemente home. Above, Farrokh is filmed being helped to her feet by her husband, Ron Edmondson, who is now her full-time caregiver.
4. In the video, Farrokh says Edmondson (both pictured), has had to quit his job to become her 24-hour caregiver, while hospitals won’t treat her because her “dangerous” weight makes her a “liability”.
In her video, the actress also speaks about her husband, Ron Edmondson, who quit his job to care for her, while hospitals have refused to treat her because her “dangerous” weight makes her a “liability”.
Asking viewers to donate “anything you can”, an emaciated Farrokh begins her video by saying:
I need your help. I’m suffering from an eating disorder. It’s a very severe kind of anorexia.
I’ve been suffering from this for quite a while now. I’m five-[foot]-seven, 40-something pounds and no hospitals will even take me at this point.
Rod is now my 24-hour caregiver. In order for us to get [to the hospital that can help]… and I’m not one to ever ask for help… I need your help, otherwise I don’t have a shot. And I’m ready to get better.
5. “There is one hospital across the country that can help and my chances are very slim. We need your help”, a gaunt-looking Farrokh says in the video, asking viewers to donate “anything you can”.
6. Farrokh met Edmondson, 41, while he was working as a personal trainer at her longtime gym. Prior to her battle with anorexia, she was beautiful, healthy woman, Edmondson said. Above, the couple are pictured in a Facebook photo taken years ago — before Farrokh suffered the severe decline in her illness.
7. Farrokh said a sudden job loss and a painful memory from her past had allowed anorexia to creep in.
She then adds:
There’s one hospital across the country that can help, and my chances are very slim. We need your help.
Farrokh finally points viewers to a GoFundMe page she had set up in hopes of raising $100,000 to fund her treatment. She has now far exceeded her goal, while her video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.
Farrokh also spoke about her battle with anorexia with ABC News and you can view the interview in the video below.
8. A dying woman, weighing “40-something pounds”, describes her battle with anorexia.
9. A woman with anorexia vows to raise awareness — an ABC News report.
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