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Woman Cries Tears of Blood, Baffles Doctors

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 12:05 PM

Yaritza Oliva has a medical condition straight out of a horror movie — she cries blood.

Doctors believe the 20-year-old woman from Purrante, Chile, suffers from a rare ailment called haemolacria, which is extremely painful.

Oliva began shedding tears of blood earlier this month and called the pain was "indescribable."

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At first, doctors believed she had conjunctivitis or a simple eye infection, but they were able to rule those out.

It's not known exactly what causes haemolacria and there is very little modern medical science can do about the rare condition, which was first identified in the 1970s.

Olivia was given eye drops which she uses several times a day when her tear ducts open up and blood trickles down her face, 24 Horas reports.

Those who suffer from haemolacria often have other ailments as well. Earlier this year, a Canadian man began to cry blood and doctors discovered he had been the victim of a venomous snake bite.

Oliva's condition has alarmed her so much that she refuses to leave the house and her father has launched a fund drive in Chile so she can be treated by specialists.

"Please put your hands over your hearts, see our situation and help my daughter,’ the father said.

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