Girl, 11, suffers 'horrifying' illness with 'blood coming from eyes every day'

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An 11-year-old girl arrived at a clinic in India after her mum claimed her daughter suffered from blood coming out of her eyes.

Her mum arrived for assistance in New Delhi after her daughter started to shed tears of blood every day for about a week, she claimed.

Despite blood running down the girl’s face, she did not complain of being in any pain – even when it trickled down for several minutes about two to three times a day, according to the mum.

Following further examination, it was found the girl suffered from haemolacria – a rare condition where blood is present in tears.

The case has been documented in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, which says the illness is rare but there has been numerous examples of it documented throughout history.

The unnamed mum reportedly told staff about how the episode left them feeling frightened and concerned.

She said: “I am scared about my daughter’s health. The blood coming from her eyes is horrifying.

Girl, 11, suffers 'horrifying' illness with 'blood coming from eyes every day'
The 11-year-old girl suffered from a relatively rare but also harmless condition

“I hope there will not be any similar episodes in the future.”

Experts at the clinic were unaware of the cause of the condition and continued to observe her for several days.

There is limited literature about the condition, mainly due to it being such a rare condition.

It is considered to be generally harmless, although it can perhaps attract unwanted attention due to the bizarre nature of the condition.

The BMJ explains: “Haemolacria is a condition characterised by the presence of blood in tears.”

It adds: “Haemolacria was first mentioned in the scientific medical book, Aetius of Amida, in the sixth century.

“A millennium later, in the 16th century, there was a nun who had auricular and ocular haemorrhages every month instead of menstruating, cited by Brassavola.

“Later in 1581, a 16-year-old girl was cited by Dondonaeus who had drops of bloody tears instead of menstrual discharge.

“Haemolacria is a benign and self-limiting condition.”


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