1. A California woman who weighs approximately 40 pounds after battling anorexia for a decade has created a heartbreaking video to ask for help fighting her disease.
2. Rachael Farrokh, 37, says in the video made last month that she is finally speaking out about her illness, which she has been battling for “quite a while now.”
3. After over 10 years and several treatment centers, Farrokh says she is now fighting for her life. Only one Colorado hospital will treat her at this stage in her disease, she says.
4. She explains that she needs financial help to get to that hospital, because her husband has quit his job to be her full-time caregiver.
5. “We need your help,” she said. “Otherwise I don’t have a shot. And I’m ready to get better.
6. Farrokh’s husband Rod Edmonson said on a GoFundMe page established for his wife’s care that most hospitals won’t treat his wife because she is at such a low body weight, she is a liability for them.
However, one hospital is equipped to deal with her case.
“There is only one hospital in the country that specializes in refeeding patients at such a low body weight and it’s my mission to get her there,” he wrote.
7. “Rachael is a captivating, kind and amazing woman that has always put others before herself,” he wrote. “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. “
8. The fundraising page raised the couple’s goal of $ 100,000 in 23 days, and is now at nearly $ 150,000.
Edmonson wrote on his Facebook page he is incredibly grateful for all of the donations.
“Good Lord! We all win,” he wrote. “Thank you so much.. We have great plans along with Rachael’s recovery. I knew good things would eventually happen to good people. Patience, prayers and fighting forward is finally paying off. Love you all!”
9. The donations will pay for Farrokh’s continued care, which she is currently receiving at home, CNN reported.
Farrokh is being treated by a doctor, a nurse, a therapist, and a specialist in California with the hopes of being transferred to the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at the Denver Health Medical Center.
“(Farrokh’s doctor) 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,” Farrokh told CNN. “We are trying to build up to that point to travel to a specialized treatment center like Denver Health.”
10. Edmonson said that he feels like his wife’s story has sparked a movement, and can raise awareness about the deadly disease.
11. The couple says they want to fight what they say is the oversimplification of anorexia and other eating disorders.
“People think it’s just about being skinny and that they just need to eat something and it will be all better,” they wrote on the GoFundMe page. “The reality is people are hurting so much that they’re trying to make themselves disappear, and if we ignore it we let them.”
12. BuzzFeed News has reached out to the couple for comment.
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