A Korean woman who went viral on TikTok for taking care of her late husband at a local hospital has created a fundraiser on GoFundMe to help pay off medical debt as well as to fix her own dental health issues.
Seung Kim, also known as @blackbeltmom67 on TikTok, garnered more than 542,000 followers after sharing comedic videos of herself entertaining her bedridden husband, who suffered two strokes that left him paralyzed in 2012.
He suffered a third stroke in March 2021 and underwent a tracheostomy to insert a tube through the front of his neck to help with breathing.
Kim would share the dance challenges and wholesome routines she performed for her husband on TikTok. But the lightheartedness subsided on June 27, when Kim revealed to her followers that her husband had died.
She also revealed that she was taking care of her mother, who was being treated for kidney failure; her father-in-law, who was diagnosed with cancer; and a mother-in-law with dementia.
Kim wrote in on her GoFundMe page that her devotion to her family over the past 10 years had come at a cost to her own physical and mental health. She explained that the pandemic only made her situation worse after losing her job as a taekwondo instructor at private schools.
“I used my savings and credit card to suffice,” Kim wrote. “I worked hard to pay off the debt but more accumulated—obstacle after obstacle. I often felt so hopeless because nothing seems to be in my favor.”
She turned to TikTok over the past two years to find a community of people to support her.
“I met so many amazing sisters and followers who adore and admire me,” Kim continued. “They loved me for who I was and didn’t judge me.”
After her husband’s death, Kim noticed some of her followers began to leave, but she is turning to her TikTok family once again for help.
“Over the years, I never had the time and luxury to care for myself,” Kim wrote. “I need four dental implants, but I cannot afford them. I want to take better care of myself.”
Her GoFundMe page can be found here.