A 37-year-old woman weighs around 40 pounds. She has been suffering from anorexia for more than 10 years.
Her name is Rachael Farrokh. In the video that she recently posted on YouTube she says:
My Name is Rachael. I need your help!
A 37-year-old woman weighs around 40 pounds. She has been suffering from anorexia for more than 10 years. According to her, there is only one hospital across the country that can save her life. Rachael lives in San Clemente, California.
Rachael is not the only one who asks for help, so her husband, Rod Edmondson, does. Together, they created a GoFundMe page that received more than $100,000 to treat her. In the video you can hear Rachael saying:
We need your help. Otherwise, I don’t have a shot, and I’m ready to get better. So please, if there’s anything you can do to save my life, please click this link that you’ll see and do anything you can. Anything will help
Her husband said on GoFundMe page that all hospitals refused to take Rachael for treatment as her weight is far too little. During the last 10 years, his wife suffered a lot, including edema and blood clots. She had few blood transfusions, her heart, liver and kidney have failed. According to Rod, her condition is critical and she is about to die if they don’t act immediately.
An eating disorder specialist at New York State Psychiatric institute at Columbia University Dr. Tim Walsh thinks that it is possible to treat Rachael with the experience and knowledge of some medical facilities in country. First two steps that must be done immediately is treatment for starvation and psychological aspect.
Walsh said that the refeeding must be done very gradually as Rachael’s body was so exhausted that she may face heart failure. And it may be fatal.
Mark Kolodjski, a famous photographer, knew that Rachael suffered from anorexia many years before. But he was asked to take some pictures of her, he couldn’t realize how ill she was. Kolodjski said that her condition was so critical that he was not able to say a word. He said he couldn’t even recognize her when he first saw her, but as he looked into Rachael’s eyes he saw his old friend in there.
Farrokh and Edmondson didn’t response to give comments.