Rachael Farrokh was once a lively, healthy 125-pound actress, but now — because of her battle with Anorexia — as ABC News reports, she is bedridden and unable to move without the help of her husband.
Farrokh’s husband, Rob Edmondson tells ABC News:
“She was a very active individual growing up. She was valedictorian, graduated summa cum laude. She’s a perfectionist.”
Now — at only “40-something pounds” — Farrokh is willing and ready to get better, but it may be too late.
According to ABC News, because the 37 year old is at a weight lower than what is required by many facilities, Farrokh is having trouble finding treatment centers that are willing to help her.
Dr. Michael Strober, a professor of psychiatry and director at the eating disorder program at the Resnick UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, tells ABC News that introducing nutrients back into the system can pose many different health risk depending on the patient’s age, past treatments, and severity of illness.
“Refeeding syndrome results from metabolic changes that are associated with feeding an individual who has been calorie-depleted,” Strober says. “So, the feeding needs to be carefully monitored. The refeeding syndrome will involve the body’s attempt to adapt to sudden introduction of nutrients. Too rapid increase of calories can result in the metabolic adaptation which is associated of a number of hazards, which can be life-threatening.”
One treatment center that may be willing to help Farrokh is located across the country, but because of her extremely poor health and her husband having to quit his job to care for her, getting to the facility will not be an easy task.
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder.
Of those 24 million, only 1 in 10 men and women receive treatment; only 35% of those that do receive treatment for eating disorders, get treatment at a specialized facility for eating disorders.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Because her disorder has become so extreme, not only has Farrokh’s brain activity decreased, but she has also suffered from heart, kidney, liver failure and osteoporosis over the years.
“I want other anorexics to hear this,” Farrokh tells ABC News. “This is miserable. Everything hurts from my head down to my toes. It’s really hard to [stay on topic], so what I try to do is have conversations with Rod and keep in contact with other victims on Facebook to be encouraging and supportive of one another.”