November 3, 2017
Medical science has come a long way and with all the technological advancements; we’re almost invincible to diseases that once claimed thousands of lives.
But there’s one rare disease that has baffled medical practitioners.
Haemolacria is a rare medical condition that causes a person to shed tears which are composed of blood. In some cases, it comes out from the ears and nose as well. It can be a symptom of a number of diseases or may also be a sign of a tumor in the lacrimal apparatus (the physiological system containing the orbital structures for tear production and drainage).
What Causes Haemolacria?
- An injury to the eye can lead to Haemolacria.
- Injuries include tumors and lesions surrounding the eye area.
- Inflammation and infection may also contribute to this rare disease.
Marnie-Rae Harvey’s case is one of the few examples. A resident of the United Kingdom not only seep blood from her eyes but from nose, ears, and fingernails as well. The doctors were baffled by the process as she bleeds without any symptom and 5 times a day. She failed to find a balance between her personal and professional life as she dropped out of the college and couldn’t find a job.
Miss Harvey said to BBC Newsbeat, “Normally it’ll bleed for about five minutes then stop for an hour but it’s been happening for half and hour and stopping for five minutes. I have to keep getting up in the night but I’m sick every day about five times.”
In 2009 Twinkle Dwivedi’s case came up and it was said that she suffered from Haemolacria. Twinkle, a 14-year-old girl from Lucknow got the national spotlight when her case was reported by her mother. National Geographic channel documented her story and on request, she was examined by Dr. George Buchanan. Later after examining two episodes of medical treatment, he became suspicious as neither he nor anybody else has ever seen the bleeding’s onset except her mother.
As he wasn’t able to trace any wounds or intrinsic injury, the doctors concluded that it was a part of an elaborate hoax which her mother had framed to snatch the national spotlight.
In 2010, Sanal Edamaruku observed that the pattern seemed to match her menstrual cycle. Thus, confirming the hypothesis Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
There’re other spooky examples of Haemolacria – like cases of Calvino Inman, Rashida Khatoon, Yaritza Oliva, and Linnie Ikeda.