Yaritza Oliva: Tears Of Blood May Be Extremely Rare Case Of Haemolacria [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on June 26, 2013 1:38 PM EDT

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Yaritza Oliva, a 20-year-old girl from Chile, has been crying tears of blood. Doctors aren't sure why, but it may be a case of the extremely rare condition haemolacria. (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

A 20-year-old Chilean woman, Yaritza Oliva, cries tears of blood, and doctors aren't quite sure why.

Since June, Oliva has been crying blood tears several times a day, a pain she called "indescribable." Oliva has been prescribed eye drops to ease her pain.

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Doctors ruled out eye infections and conjunctivitis, or pink eye, and say that she may be suffering from an extraordinary rare condition called haemolacria. The condition causes a person to cry blood or to have tears tinged with blood. Doctors don't know the cause of haemolacria or how to treat it. Oliva hasn't been officially diagnosed with the rare condition.

"Nobody knows what to give me, they don't know what I have. They don't know what to do," Oliva told 24 Horas, a Chilean news organization.

In 2009, a teenage boy named Calvino Inman began crying tears of blood up to three times a day. The Tennessee boy is the only known case in United States history.

"Sometimes, I can feel it coming up, like a tear," Inman said. "I feel my eyes watering. Sometimes, it will burn as it comes out. I've been called possessed by almost all of my friends. I guess I'm used to it now. At first, it kind of hurt my feelings."

There have been several studies into haemolacria, but very little is known about the rare condition.

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