VIDEO: Anorexia sufferer Rachael (37) who weighs 40lbs pleads for life-saving funding (*graphic images*)
An American woman has created a heart wrenching video to help raise the vital funds needed to save her life as she continues to battle Anorexia Nervosa.
Rachael Farrokh (37) from California has lived with Anorexia Nervosa for more than 10 years and now weighs just “forty-something pounds”.
In the video filmed by her husband Ron Edmondson, the actress speaks of her declining health and her decade-long battle with the disorder, which has left her emaciated.
Rachael’s husband Ron is now her 24-hour caregiver as hospitals won’t treat Rachael because her dangerously low weight has made her a liability.
“There's one hospital across the country that can help, and my chances are very slim. We need your help,” said Rachael.
“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.”
The Californian actress is raising funds through a GoFundMe page and is hoping to raise the $100,000 (€89,000) needed to support her treatment.
“Rachael is a captivating, kind and amazing woman that has always put others before herself,” said Rachael's husband Rod.
“Those who have had an opportunity to get to know her will tell you that she is brilliant, caring and has a heart of gold. She is a true low flying angel. She has always been an overachiever but this battle has yet to conquer. The support of for her friends and family has been the driving force behind her determination to overcome her disorder,” he said.
“I don't want this fate for my wife,” he said.
To donate to Rachael’s Road to Recovery visit: www.gofundme.com
For information and support on Anorexia Nervosa or other eating disorders visit www.bodywhys.ie or call the Irish Helpline on: 1890 200 444