A schoolgirl who ate just toast and crisps for almost a decade has finally tucked into her first cooked meal - thanks to hypnotherapy.

Martha Davies, 10, developed her phobia of food as a toddler and would gag whenever she tried a cooked meal.

She even refused Christmas dinner - instead eating two slices of toast and sipping a glass of water.

Mum Julie, 43, spent a small fortune on bread and crisps and her worried parents feared for their daughter’s health.

So they turned to a hypnotherapist in a bid to end Martha’s fear of food, known as Neophobia.

Hypnotherapist David Kilmurry with Martha Davies

Incredibly, David Kilmurry “cured” Martha after one two-hour session.

She immediately began tucking into fruit and veg and even tried her first hot meal - a pizza.

Julie, from Coventry, West Midlands, said: “Up to 18 months old she ate normally like a baby a baby in a high chair with soft food.

Martha has now expanded her diet

"Then she started screaming and pushing food away. I persevered but it seemed to get worse over time.

"We would go to parties and she would bring Pringles and toast. Those were the only things she ate.

"It had to be Warburton's Blue and it had to be toasted."

Mr Kilmurry said: “After the session she tucked into fruit and veg and 50 new foods within weeks.”

Martha added: “Now I can’t wait to try different foods. I’ll still eat toast but I really enjoyed trying chicken nuggets and pasta.”