Rachael Farrokh Weighed Less Than 40 Lbs, But The Help She Received Online Saved Her Life

Date February 23, 2018 18:50

Anorexia is one of the most common eating disorders which currently affects more than 30 million people worldwide. It is a psychogenic condition that makes a person refuse to eat and have an obsessive fear of gaining weight. This leads to a state of starvation and, therefore, puts the functioning of one’s organs at risk. And Rachael Farrokh is no stranger to this disorder.

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Rachael’s touching message

In 2015, an American woman’s story went viral on the internet. In a video released on YouTube, Farrokh asked users of various social networks to help her treat her illness. Her words were:

Hi, my name is Rachael. I need your help. I’m suffering from an eating disorder, and it is a very severe kind of anorexia. There is one hospital across the country that can help, and my chances are very slim. And I am ready to get better, so, please, if there is anything you can do to save my life, please, click this link that you’ll see and do anything you can. Anything will help. Thank you.

With this message, Rachael started a campaign on the GoFundMe page to raise the sum of $100,000. Luckily, people were touched by her story. In the end, she received more than $200,000, which made treatment possible.

Previous attempts

At first, she was admitted to a hospital in Denver, Colorado. But doctors told her they could not do anything for her since she weighed only 40 lbs. At that time, she was 100% dependent on her husband, Rod Edmondson, because she could not even walk.

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Then, the couple decided to go to California where the woman got the help. But Rachael recovered and gained the weight needed to lead a healthy life only in Portugal.

The woman tells how tragic her story was because she was on the verge of death. Here is the video in which Rachael asked for help to treat her condition:

Currently, she is an activist, advocating the rights to health of people suffering from anorexia nervosa, and has only one objective: To raise awareness in order to help others who fight against this disease.

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