Distressing scenes on Struggle Street featuring a young woman with a rare and incurable disease have triggered a major national fundraising effort.
In an episode this week, Jessica, 23, of Melbourne, was seen doing her daily work: sitting on the steps of her family's house, blowing bubbles to pass the time.
Jessica lives her life with constant pain, having been diagnosed with 34 different conditions in total, including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 6, autism, a moderate intellectual disability, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis and intestinal failure.
"It feels like knives stabbing me," Jessica revealed.
Her mother Michelle, a single mother, was forced to give up her job as a pharmacy assistant to care for her daughter full-time, and now both live with a disability and pensions.
It's a difficult life below the poverty line, but there's nothing more heartbreaking than the fact that Michelle has to plan now for her daughter's funeral, since her life expectancy is only 40.
] "It's horrible, we're seeing a prepaid funeral now, I do not know when the time will come, but when it happens, I want to be able to say," I'm really glad the funeral is in place, "he said.
" It's something that I do. "He can not stop thinking about … burying his son before you."
It was a moment that shocked Australians all over the world, and prompted them to reach out with offers of help.
A year and a half ago, Jessica created a GoFundMe page to help raise money to get the right treatments for her rare condition.
"Doctors can make my life comfortable, but to do that I need to travel to the only clinic that knows enough about my illness, in Baltimore, USA," he said.
"Doctors in Australia do not know much about EDS type 6 and they just can not help me, this is my only option for living a comfortable life, since I have tried many treatments here in Australia and none have worked."
The fundraising effort remained almost inactive at $ 120 for months after the page was created, well below the $ 60,000 Target.
But after this week's episode of Struggle Street that number soared to almost $ 90,000 as of Friday morning.
To help Jessica get treated, visit her GoFundMe page.
Struggle Street continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on SBS.