'No hospitals will help me': anorexia sufferer's heartbreaking video plea

By Kirstin Buick
22 May 2015

“My name is Rachael, I need your help," the video begins. The woman talking is Rachael Farrokh, a 37-year-old former actress from California, who weighs a staggering 20kg.

She posted the video to raise funds to go to a treatment centre in Denver, which she believes will save her life. PHOTO: Rachael's Road to Recovery/Facebook She posted the video to raise funds to go to a treatment centre in Denver, which she believes will save her life. PHOTO: facebook.com/pages/Rachaels-Road-to-Recovery She has been battling anorexia for 10 years, but hasn't managed to shake the debilitating psychological disease that has left her too weak to even walk on her own.

'Her days are limited if we don’t take action immediately'

Her husband, Rod Edmondson (41), who has quit his job to give her around-the-clock care, says she has already had multiple blood transfusion, blood clots, and suffered heart, liver and kidney failure.

“No hospitals will even take me at this point," Rachael says in the video. "There’s one hospital across the country that can help and my chances are very slim."

She posted the video to raise funds to go to a treatment centre in Denver, which the couple believes will save her life.

“I’ve not been one to ever ask for help, I need your help, 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 do anything you can ... anything will help."

Rod has set up a GoFundMe page, in which he explains why he believes the facility is the only one able to help his wife, who frequently loses her train of thought because she is so malnourished.

In order for Rachael to fully recover, Rod said she “desperately needs the highest level of care possible. PHOTO: facebook.com/pages/Rachaels-Road-to-Recovery Rod says she “desperately needs the highest level of care possible. PHOTO: facebook.com/pages/Rachaels-Road-to-Recovery

"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.

"If she receives too many calories her metabolism will kick up and she will lose even more weight. This is a VERY delicate medical situation. Hospitals won't admit her because she is a liability for them. She doesn't meet their minimum weight requirement and they don't have the knowledge or capabilities to save her."

Dr Michael Strober, professor of psychiatry and director of the eating disorder program at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, told ABC News that "refeeding" is a difficult process. “Too-rapid increase of calories can result in the metabolic adaptation which is associated of a number of hazards, which can be life-threatening.”

Additional sources: news.com.au, abcnews.go.com

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