Imagine randomly bleeding from your eyes. Well, this young lady doesn’t have to as it happens to her on a regular basis.
Seventeen year-old Marnie-Rae Harvey, has, for the past several years, been experiencing an unexplained bleeding from different areas of her body, and last summer the condition started to affect her eyes. After rushing to the hospital, and several doctors later, no one has figured out what is causing the bleeding, or even how to stop it.
Marnie-Rae lives in Stroke-on-Trent, England, and suffers from these bleeding spells that can last for weeks at a time. The blood mostly comes from her eyes and ears, although her gums, scalp, fingernails, and tongue have also suffered from this condition.
She has seen pediatricians, hematologists, neurologists, gynecologists, and eye specialists in hopes to cure her mysterious condition. However, neither of these specialists have been able to explain what is happening to her.
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It began in March 2013 with her coughing up blood, which continued for a few years. This was until she woke up one night in July 2015 with blood covering her face. After Marnie-Rae and her parents discovered that she was bleeding from her eyes, they called an ambulance and headed for the hospital. Marnie-Rae explained to BBC, saying:
“The paramedics were just shocked because they’ve never seen it before. When I got to the hospital they looked in my eye, but everything was clear.
“They can bleed, and it can cover my face with blood, and in seconds it’s just gone completely white back to normal. I had blood tests, and they came back fine.”
Over the next two weeks her condition continued. Then, while out shopping one day, both her eyes and ears started to bleed forcing her to call an ambulance. Again she had a barrage of tests, and this time the specialists discovered that she had a “weakened” immune system — but nothing more.
The bleeding has even prevented her from finishing school and moving on to college. Now she suffers from a lack of energy, and persistently feels light-headed with her limbs and bones often aching.
Marnie-Rae told BBC:
“The last 12 days it’s been bleeding non-stop, and everything’s been bleeding at once.
“Normally it’ll bleed for about five minutes then stop for an hour, but it’s been happening for half an hour, and stopping for five minutes. I have to keep getting up in the night, but I’m sick every day about five times.”
Doctors are treating Marnie-Rae with injections of Prostap 3, which is used on patients with endometriosis. However, this comes with its own risk with a 60 to 70 percent chance of the medication making her infertile.