Meet Marnie-Rae Harvey the 17-year old who bleeds from her eyes and doctors don’t understand why. She has seen eye specialists, gynaecologists, haematology experts, neurologists and paediatricians to try to find the cause but they still don’t have an explanation for her condition.
The mysterious condition began in 2013 when the teenager from Stoke-on-Trent started coughing up blood. The coughs continued for a couple of years before she woke up one night in July of 2015, her entire face covered in blood as she was bleeding from her eyes.
Her parents called an ambulance.
“The paramedics were just shocked because they’ve never seen it before. The condition has also affected her ears, nose, gums, scalp, fingernails and tongue.”
“When I got to the hospital they looked in my eye but everything was clear. They can bleed and it can cover my face with blood and in seconds it’s just gone completely white back to normal. I had blood tests and they came back fine.”
She can not really go out and has no friends any more because she is always in the house.
“Then I was in the shop and both my eyes and ears started pouring and then we had to have an ambulance again.”
If the bleeding continues the young teenager is afraid that her life will have to be put on hold.
“I didn’t manage to do my GCSEs and then I can’t do college.”
She says she lacks energy and constantly feels light-headed. Her limbs and bones often ache as well.
“People just stare and I can only walk so far without being sick. I was at the hospital the other day and people were trying to take pictures and saying ‘urgh’ about my face and stuff.”
Marnie-Rae has had multiple tests, seen more specialists who just said she had a “weakened” immune system but nothing more. Some suspect that she could be suffering from Haemolacria. Haemolacria is the medical term for tears of blood – but it is rare.
Causes can include injuries, clotting problems and tear gland disorders – but Marnie-Rae has been tested for this and she was cleared.
They (doctors) thought it a blood disorder. And they have done all, but it seems to be of no avail.
Lamenting, Marnie added;
And now I’ve had an injection called Prostap 3 to ‘stop my womb from working’ and if it’s that I’ll have an operation because they’ll look into endometriosis. The injection makes you go through menopause symptoms, I’m going through the symptoms like sweating and mood swings but I’m still bleeding.”