Girl, 12, with extreme food phobia that left her severely malnourished and in-and-out of hospital will enjoy her first Christmas dinner in years after conquering fear…
A 12-year-old girl who stopped eating due to a rare but extreme food phobia will be able to have her first Christmas dinner in five years.
Ella Witrock, of Pennsylvania, developed a medical condition that made her petrified of choking or throwing up her meals and would only eat tiny bits of food. She even shunned her favorites like mac and cheese and pizza.
Ella had been in and out of hospitals since she was seven and was more than 40 pounds underweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of just 12.5. Anything under 18.5 is considered underweight.
Christmas was an especially traumatic time of year for the family, as they wouldn’t be able to enjoy a feast together or savor holiday classics like turkey and pumpkin pie.
But this year, Ella has started to recover, and her family is excited to have a ‘normal’ Christmas with turkey and all the trimmings.