A mysterious illness that causes patients to weep blood has once again come to the forefront of public perception as images of one 17 year old boy in the act of weeping blood has been making the rounds on the Internet. The mysterious illness is said to effect people from every nation in the world, though many aspects of this strange disease are still largely unknown.
Calvino Inman, a 17 year old boy has been suffering from weeping blood since May of 2009. But as he becomes the focus of a documentary intended to tell of the strange illness, medical authorities still admit that they still do not know why Inman or any others weep blood. The teen from Knoxville Tennessee reports similar symptoms as many sufferers of the disease, including a lack of knowledge when it is about to happen, feelings of a burning sensation as an episode is about to come about, bleeding additionally from the nasal cavity and even the embarrassing lack of knowledge when it happens occasionally. Inman reported to the Daily Mail that he was largely unaware when it happens and only becomes aware of having blood on his face when others either inform him or start staring.
Inman reportedly learned of his condition after exiting the shower one afternoon when he looked in the mirror and was shocked by seeing blood on his face in his reflection. After a visit to the doctor the mystery only deepened as doctors could find no real cause for such a disease. In 2009 he received CT Scans, ultrasound, and MRIs in an attempt to discover some abnormal condition that could be contributing to a far more serious illness. Nothing out of the ordinary was discovered, and the conclusion many doctors came to was that the condition was not necessarily life threatening – even if it was troubling for the 17 year old.
After the doctor’s visits, media attention, and the revelation that he was not alone in suffering this strange disease, Inman was ready for answers. But thus far none have arisen.
There are some conditions of a disease known as Haemolacria. Haemolacria is the general term given to a disease whereby a sufferer will have blood in his or her tears. It’s still unknown just what this condition is caused by, and in some cases there can be several causes. Everything from a tumor in the lacrimal apparatus (tear ducts) to a severe form of bacterial conjunctivitis can contribute to the rare illness. But tumors would normally appear during any of the several tests Inman took. And conjunctivitis would be relatively easy to spot and generally has secondary symptoms as well. In the case of Inman, however, no such symptoms have been discovered.
Meanwhile, Inman has voiced his concern over peoples’ reactions to the very dramatic physical appearance of his illness. Inman has even gone so far as to say that some people indicate that they think he is possessed when they encounter his illness for the first time.