Emmerdale Gemma Oaten’s brother has shared a poignant snapshot of the actress taken only days before she suffered a heart attack.
GEMMA OATEN’S brother published a snapshot of her only days before she died of a heart attack, saying he is “haunted” by the thought of how many times she could have died throughout her anorexia struggle.
Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten’s brother has paid an emotional tribute to his sister, who has struggled with anorexia since she was 12 years old. Chris Charles shared a photo of Gemma and her siblings taken just days before she died of a heart attack when she was in her late teens.
“It still pains me to think I almost lost her too many times,” Chris added, “but it demonstrates the gravity of this awful mental illness.”
Chris is participating in the Virgin London Marathon to help SEED Eating Disorder Support Services. Marg Oaten, their mother, founded the charity 21 years ago to provide confidential and independent advice to eating disorder sufferers and their caregivers.
According to HullLive, the charity has grown and now provides a variety of services including workshop events, dietary counselling, email and text support, and help for carers.
SEED has recently launched tool kits in schools to aid with early intervention, which Chris believes is “essential with this illness.”
“I’ve seen my sister go through many difficult battles, and I’ve visited her in referral units and hospitals, not knowing if she would survive,” Chris continued. This sickness is something I would not wish on anyone or their family.
“I’ve witnessed the devastating effects of this illness on not only victims, but also their families and friends, as rehabilitation can be a lengthy journey.
“If by completing the marathon I can save one person, one family, one friend from having to see their loved ones go through this, then it will be truly worthwhile.”
Chris also shared a photo of Gemma from two years ago, when the family attended a SEED gala, in which she appeared to be in better health.
“Recovery is possible, which is why my family does what it does,” he continued. To ensure that no other family suffers the same heartbreak. The importance of early intervention cannot be overstated.”
“So proud of my big brother running the London marathon for us at @SeedSupportUK,” Gemma, a proud sister, tweeted in support of her brother. I bawled my eyes out as he spoke about this campaign.”
“Brinkwire Summary News.” Chris hopes to raise £10,000 for the charity.