Gorging on chocolate turned out to be a life saver for a British teenager who was told she could die in six months if she failed to get a liver transplant.
Doctors warned Elle Wilkinson that she had between six and 12 months to live is she didn't find a donor to cure her liver failure. But the 16-year-old, from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, shocked doctors when her condition rapidly improved as a result of a high-carbohydrate diet - which includes copious amounts of chocolate. The continued diet, which also includes crisps and biscuits, as well set medication put her on the road to recovery and doctors have now officially removed her from the liver transplant list, the Daily Mail reported.
"My friends can't believe it - eating chocolate and crisps and all sorts of junk food, and not having to worry about the consequences. It is weird having to eat all these foods excessively when we are told to eat in them only in moderation or risk becoming fat - but I'm not complaining," schoolgirl Wilkinson said. Elle's problems began in August last year when she began vomiting heavily and was rushed to hospital.
Elle was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks cells of the liver, and her liver was failing, so doctors quickly added her to the national transplant list. The radical diet - which included chocolate, biscuits, bread and cheese - has been credited with giving her body extra energy, calories and protein - often lacking in people diagnosed with liver failure.
And amazingly, if Wilkinson doesn't eat enough she could suffer muscle-wastage - forcing her to continue scoffing the delicious treats high in calories. The starchy carbohydrates break down into sugar acting as her body's main source of energy. And while she is currently suspended from the transplant list doctors have warned Wilkinson she may still need a new liver in the future.