MY CHOCOLATE STORY- NEWS OF THE WORLD- NEWSPAPER EXCLUSIVE- FEBRUARY 2009

Eva Verissimo contacted us to sell her unusual story about suffering from a rare condition called Achalasia.

The condition means that Eva survives on chocolate as it is the only food she can eat without choking.

We sold the story as an exclusive for Eva to the News of the World newspaper.

Eva was delighted with the fee we negotiated on her behalf.

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SWEET-TOOTHED Eva Verissimo just has to eat CHOCOLATE . . . to SURVIVE.


And if that sounds hard to swallow—it's because SWALLOWING food is pretty Eva's big problem.


The 30-year-old nanny suffers from a rare eating disorder that means chocolate is the only grub she can get down her without choking. So she has a diet to drool over—a Bounty for breakfast, a Snickers for lunch, a Cadbury's Flake for dinner and a Cadbury's Creme Egg for a late-night snack.


But 5ft 2in Eva hates it. "Everyone thinks just eating chocolate is a dream and find it funny. But it's not nice. It's a nightmare," she said


"I love chocolate and because of my condition I have to have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


"But I am fed up with not being able to eat a normal meal."


Eva was diagnosed with Achalasia—a condition affecting the muscle of the oesophagus which carries food to her stomach—12 years ago.


It means she has to chew for at least 15 seconds before trying to swallow or she chokes.


But she soon found the stuff that slipped down easiest also made her weight yoyo.


She said: "In my 20s I went up to 22 stone through scoffing chocolate and drinking two litres of Coke a day. I was huge and felt miserable. Then I struggled to keep anything at all down and last year I dropped to seven stone.


"Now I'm back to nine srone and want to keep it that way. But I'm still living on chocolate."


Eva, who lives with her fiance Nyron in south London, has had Botox injections to freeze muscles so that food can pass through —but without success.


Now she is waiting for an NHS operation to correct the problem by cutting free muscles around her food pipe which have locked together.


Tom Dehn, oesophagus expert at the British Society of Gastroenterology, said: "Most Achalasia sufferers survive on liquids and pureed foods. They often lose weight and take a very long time to eat."


"But this is the first time I've heard of one living on chocolate."


Eva added: "If I could eat anything in the world right now it would be a gourmet burger in a bread bun."



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