Marnie Harvey, a 17-year-old girl is suffering from a horrific mystery condition which causes thick, stinging blood to seep from her eyes and ears.
According to Daily Mail, Miss Harvey’s condition has baffled doctors for three years – and has left her virtually housebound. Now, desperate for a diagnosis, she is sharing her story in the hope of getting her life back.
Miss Harvey’s ordeal began in 2013 when she woke up with blood spatters on her pillow.
Her terrified mother Catherine, 43, took her to the GP – but despite several tests, no cause could be found. For the next two years she was sent for more investigations and told to change her diet, eliminating food groups from sugar to dairy, in a bid to find out what was causing her symptoms.
But her condition continued to get worse – and in July last year she was horrified to wake with ‘gloopy’ blood seeping from her eyes.
She now bleeds from her eyes, nose, ears and fingernails up to five times a day – but doctors from every area of medicine are baffled as to why.
In the last few weeks, she has also started to bleed from her tongue and scalp.
Thought to be the only person in the UK – and possibly the world – with this unique set of symptoms – doctors have dubbed the frightened teenager ‘The Mystery Girl.’
Recalling the moment she woke up with her eyes bleeding, Miss Harvey said: ‘Red, gloopy tears were dripping out of my right eye.
‘I had blood all over my face and a shooting pain behind my eyes.
‘I felt my way downstairs and there, my parents, brother and sister all screamed when they saw me. My brother called an ambulance.’
According to her: ‘I never used to get ill and have always been a healthy girl. I loved sports at school and was on track to get good GCSE’s.
‘Then in February 2013 I was at home when I started coughing up blood.’
Her doctor sent her for a chest scan, which came back clear, but the worrying symptom continued for two years.
She frequently attended North Staffordshire Hospital and had further blood scans, which again, came back showing nothing amiss. Then, she developed a pain in her side but tests couldn’t reveal why.
She also began suffering migraines and sickness so bad she missed weeks of school.
Marnie Harvey and her mother
After her attendance dropped below 50 per cent her parents were threatened with legal action. However, Miss Harvey managed to take her GCSE exams but didn’t get the results she was hoping for.
Believing the symptoms might be related to her diet, doctors advised her to try eliminating food groups. Over the course of two years she cut out dairy, chocolate, gluten, wheat and sugar – but nothing worked.
She said: ‘I never really ate that much cheese or chocolate anyway, but I gave up everything that could be causing my ill-health. We could never find a correlation between what I ate and how I felt.’
By June 2015 the headaches and sickness had worsened. However, what was to happen next was truly horrifying.
‘My eyes started bleeding. Then my nose and ears. It was a dark red, gloopy blood. It didn’t gush out, it seeped.’
Miss Harvey had gone to bed with a headache. When she woke up her vision was blurry and as she stumbled towards the mirror, she was in for a shock.
She had blood over her face and a sharp pain behind her eyes.
When she went downstairs her terrified family called an ambulance immediately and she was taken to hospital.
Yet, once again, doctors couldn’t find anything wrong and she was sent home, only for the bleeding to return.
Mrs Harvey took her daughter back to hospital where they were referred to the ear, nose and throat (ENT) and eye department.
Mrs Harvey said: ‘Marnie was tested for a tumour behind her eyes. They looked in her ears and up her nose and put a camera down her throat.
‘Everything came back clear. As far as results were concerned, she was the picture of health.’
The bleeding continued as often as five times a day and Miss Harvey said she felt like her life was on hold. When it flows, she can’t eat or open her eyes as the blood stings.
Mrs Harvey is now appealing for anyone who might know what could be wrong with her daughter to help them out.