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Friday, 28 June 2013
CHILEAN GIRL CRIES TEARS OF BLOOD
Yaritza Oliva was terrified when the strange condition appeared earlier this month.
Ever since, with no warning, the 20-year-old bleeds from her eyes several times a day.
Yaritza visited her doctor but when no evidence of an infection could be found she was sent home with eye drops to help her cope with the pain, which she says is "indescribable".
Doctors believe it may be a case of haemolacria, a condition that has only been diagnosed three times before
Haemolacria is the condition that makes sufferers cry tears of blood.
The tears can either have a red tinge or appear as though they are entirely made of blood.
While the visual impact of haemolacria is powerful and may be very scary, it is not always cause for concern
It is a symptom of many diseases and may be indicative of a tumour in the system that produces tears.
It can also be provoked by conjunctivitis, environmental damage or injuries.
There have been cases of Haemolacria induced by hormones in grown women.
Some researchers suggest that it is connected to extreme stress or psychological upset.
Her parents are now asking friends and neighbours in Purranque, Chile, to help them raise the money to send their daughter to an eye expert.
Her carpenter dad Jose appealed on a local news show: "Please put your hands over your hearts, see our situation and help my daughter."
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