This Young Woman Is Bleeding From Her Eyes And Nobody Can Figure Out Why

by Kate Ryan

When 17-year-old Marnie-Rae Harvey woke up with blood in her eyes in July 2015, she did what any normal person would do and rushed to the hospital. Several doctors later, no one can figure out what caused the bleeding or how to stop it.

Marnie-Rae, who lives in Stroke-on-Trent, England, suffers bleeding spells that'll last for weeks at a time, typically coming out of her eyes and ears, though sometimes from her gums, scalp, fingernails and tongue.

According to Cosmopolitan, the young woman has seen pediatricians, hematologists, neurologists, gynecologists and eye specialists in the hopes of finding a cure to her mysterious problem.

None of the specialists, however, have been able to successfully remedy her situation.

So far, doctors have come to the conclusion Marnie-Rae has a weakened immune system, but other than that, no one has been able to diagnose her. While some have referred to her condition as "haemolacria," which means "tears of blood," no one knows why some people suffer from it.

In the meantime, she continues to bleed from her eyes practically nonstop. According to Marnie-Rae,

Normally it'll bleed for about five minutes then stop for an hour but it's been happening for half and [sic] hour and stopping for five minutes. I have to keep getting up in the night but I'm sick every day about five times.

Currently, doctors are treating her with injections typically used for patients with endometriosis. While this specific medication comes with a 60 to 70 percent chance of infertility, Marnie-Rae is willing to take the risk. She said,

I'll be bothered about it, but first I want to get this sorted.

Citations: No One Knows Why This 17-Year-Old Is Bleeding From Her Eyes (Cosmopolitan)