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Video: 40-Pound Anorexic Woman Raises Almost $200K For Treatment

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A 37-year old woman whose anorexia is so severe she weighs less than 50 pounds has exceeded her crowdfunding goal and is hoping to get the treatment she needs.On April 29, Rachael Farrokh and her husband and caretaker Rod Edmondson of San Clemente set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise $100,000 to go towards medical treatment for Farrokh's eating disorder. According to the fundraiser's description, Farrokh and Edmondson have been battling her anorexia for a decade and were turned away from hospitals because her extreme condition made her a liability. "If she receives too many calories her metabolism will kick up and she will lose even more weight," writes Edmondson, who explains that only one hospital in the country is equipped to treat cases such as Farrokh's.

That hospital is Denver's ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders.

In a YouTube video on the GoFundMe page, Farrokh's explains that Edmondson quit his job in order to be her 24-hour caretaker and also pleas that she is "ready to get better:"

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After Farrokh's story garnered media attention over the weekend, over 7,600 people contributed to her GoFundMe and helped Farrokh and Edmondson raise almost twice as much as the $100,000 goal. In a video thank you, Farrokh thanked the public for their donations and also says her story has had a far-reaching impact. "Not only have you saved my life, you have saved other people's lives," she says. "I've been contact by people who have eating disorders, who stopped their behaviors... and sought help to seek treatment."

She says a "hand-picked team" of caregivers will be helping her on the road to recovery, which could take up to five years.

Although reaching her fundraising goal, Edmondson says that for now, Farrokh will be receiving treatment at home in order to be well enough to travel. "Currently, the plan is for a home care team to get Rachael strong enough to make the trip and to do so they want to consult with the doctors in Denver so they are on the same page," he writes in yesterday's update on the GoFundMe.

Whenever Farrokh is ready to travel, ACUTE says they are ready to treat her. "Rachael is the exact patient ACUTE was designed to treat," Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani told Denver's FOX 31. However, Gaudiani worries that any delay to her treatment would make the situation worse. "I worry every day that she could die."