Over the past year, 37-year-old Rachael Farrokh of California made headlines for publicly speaking out about the dangers of anorexia. The bedridden 5-foot-7 woman weighed a mere “40-something” pounds when she publicly pleaded for financial help to cover the cost of treatment, telling Women in the World in a May interview that the generosity she received from sympathizers around the world was “like a whirlwind.” Through a GoFundMe account, Farrokh raised nearly $200,000 dollars for treatment, a process she recently underwent in Portugal. Her health has since drastically improved and at a march in Washington, D.C. this week, a nearly-unrecognizable Farrokh was joined by hundreds to bring awareness to the impact of eating disorders.
“[The treatment center staff] were so worried about my body, and my body wasn’t responding because they didn’t understand the brain had to come along with the body,” Farrokh told NBC4. “My mind is so much more clear and my thinking has developed.”
With help from her husband, who quit his job to care for her, Farrokh’s recovery will continue in the United States. She plans on joining other families in asking Congress to mandate insurance coverage for inpatient treatment for those with eating disorders.
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