California Woman Receives $186,000 For GoFundMe Campaign to Treat Her Anorexia

California Woman Receives $186,000 For GoFundMe Campaign to Treat Her Anorexia

By McCarton Ackerman 05/28/15

Rachael Farrokh suffers from extreme anorexia that has reduced her to a mere 50 pounds.

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A California woman whose severe anorexia reduced her to less than 50 pounds has posted an emotional plea for help on YouTube.

Rachael Farrokh, 37, posted the video on April 29 in conjunction with a crowdfunding page on GoFundMe in order to raise funds to attend the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders in Denver, the only institution that agreed to help her if she could raise the necessary funds. Other hospitals have turned her away over concerns that she is a “liability” due to her weight being so low.

She has suffered heart, kidney, and liver failures due to complications from her anorexia, in addition to undergoing multiple blood transfusions. One scene in the video shows her husband, Rod Edmondson, carrying her down the stairs because she is too weak to move. Edmondson has been forced to quit his job in order to become her full-time caretaker and said that she will die “if we don’t take action immediately.”

Farrokh had a goal of raising $100,000, but has since received donations from over 6,000 people that totaled $186,000. The money has allowed for a “handpicked” team of medical staff to currently provide her bedside treatment until she is well enough to enter the Denver facility.

“I was able to see the doctor again. The treatment that I need is coming here and it’s because of you,” she said in a follow-up video this week thanking people for their donations. “It’s going to be a long recovery, could be three to five years ... but with your support, I know I can do this.”

Edmondson explained on the GoFundMe page that its necessary for her to attend ACUTE and follow a very specific plan there because “if she receives too many calories, her metabolism will kick up and she will lose even more weight.” He also thanked supporters for their donations and said they were determined to overcome her anorexia together.

“This is a long road and you are all helping her turn around,” he wrote on his Facebook page, Rachael’s Road to Recovery. "She reads all of your posts for therapy when she feels down and it shuts the eating disorder down in the process as a distraction. She is going to beat this once and for all.”

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