Tuesday 14 July 2015

Meet The Man Who Bleeds From His Eyes - Doctors Stumped

These are the shocking new pictures of the boy who weeps blood.
Calvino Inman, 17, has been suffering from the mysterious condition for two years and doctors remain clueless as to how to stem the flow of bleeding, which can last up to an hour at a time.
But a documentary which will be shown tomorrow night on American television explores the phenomenon, experienced by only a handful of people around the world.

The condition facing a man in Antioch, Tenn., can only be summed up as bloody strange.
Seven years ago, blood began pouring out of Michael Spann’s eyes, ears, mouth and nose on a daily basis.

These days, the plasma only pours out a few times a week, but the condition remains painful, debilitating and unexplained, reported.
Spann has tried to work, but his bleeding presents challenges that go beyond typical disabilities.

Hope: Tennessee-based Calvino, his mother Tammy and step-father Calvino Mynatt, are hopeful that the documentary will shed some light on the mystifying condition

“Any job I get I lose because my eyes start bleeding and they can’t keep me on,” Spann told The Tennessean, “Obviously, I can’t be a waiter and work in any public thing because you are bleeding.”
He won’t even allow the bleeding to be photographed.
Spann’s mother, Peggy, says whenever he’s talking to someone new, his eyes will start filling up with blood.

“They haven’t seen it before, and it will scare the living daylights out of them,” she told the paper. “It is very frustrating not to be able to treat or even get some kind of remission for it.”
Memphis-based ophthalmologist Dr. James “Chris” Fleming said determining the exact cause is difficult 
because the exploratory procedures might cause more harm than good, he said.
“There probably is a cause, but it is a small tear duct that is only a millimeter or two or three in diameter,” Fleming said, according to “It’s a tube. To get into that tube and examine that tube from one end to the other would cause scarring, and you could lose part of the tear duct.”
Awful affliction: Calvino Inman, who suffers from a rare disorder that makes him cry tears of blood tears, at home in Rockwood, Tennessee
Doctors haven’t diagnosed Spann, but earlier this year, Yaritza Oliva, a 20-year-old Chilean woman, reported crying blood as well.
Doctors suspected she suffered from haemolacria, a physical condition that causes a person to produce tears that are partially composed of blood.
Haemolacria isn’t the only cause of bleeding eyeballs, though.
In March, a Canadian man started weeping tears of blood after suffering a potentially-deadly snake bite in Costa Rica. The bleeding stopped after he received antidote to the venom.

Mr Inman, from Knoxville, Tennessee, is shown undergoing tests to investigate whether a medical issue such as a tumour, tear duct problems, or a genetic defect is causing the bleeding.
He said: 'People still call me possessed. The bleeding happens all the time, at school, at home and in the night.
‘I don’t usually know when they’re going to happen but sometimes it burns as it’s coming out.
‘Sometimes I don’t even know it’s happened until people start staring at me.

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