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Medical mystery: Teen cries tears of blood

September 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A medical mystery in Tennessee has doctors baffled, and a worried mother pleading for help. Fifteen-year-old Calvino Inman says he woke up one morning and discovered something frightening, he was crying blood."I felt it coming up like a tear. Like my eyes are watering," Inman said. "Sometimes, it will burn as it comes out."

He says it now happens up to three times a day and can last as long as an hour.

His worried mother, Tammy Mynatt, knew something was very wrong.

"The scariest thing in my life is when he looked at me and said 'Mom, am I going to die?' That right there broke my heart," said Mynatt.

She quickly took him to a team of doctors, none of whom had any answers.

"This is what every doctors tells us, 'I've never seen anything like this before in all my so many years of being a doctor,'" said Mynatt.

She has since taken her son to countless specialists, who have also been unable to come up with a firm diagnosis or treatment.

"It's a one in a million kind of a condition," said Ophthalmologist Rex Hamilton.

He says Inman could be suffering from a rare condition called Haemolacria which literally means "bloody tears."

"The tissues around the eye, the skin around the eye, the eye lids, we have the white part of the eye, any of those areas could be the cause of bleeding," he said.

Now, Inmans' mother says she's running out of hope that anyone will be able to help.

"More than anything I just truly want somebody to say 'I've seen this, I can help this family,'" said Mynatt. "I don't care where we have to travel. I will go wherever we need to go. I will do whatever I have to do. I just please want somebody to help my baby. That's all."

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