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Haemolacria is a physical condition that causes a person to produce tears that are partially composed of blood. It can manifest as tears that are anything from merely red-tinged to appearing to be entirely made of blood.

Haemolacria is a symptom of a number of diseases,[1] and may also be indicative of a tumor in the lacrimal apparatus. It is most often provoked by local factors such as bacterial conjunctivitis, environmental damage or injuries.[2]

Acute haemolacria can occur in fertile women and seems to be induced by hormones,[2] similarly to what happens in endometriosis.


Twinkle Dwivedi
From Lucknow, India, Dwivedi presented a rare condition that appeared to cause her to spontaneously bleed from her eyes and other parts of her body without presenting any visible wounds.[3] Dwivedi was the subject of numerous medical research studies and TV shows including Body Shock[4] and a National Geographic documentary.[5]
In the absence of a medical explanation for her condition, some religious explanations have been posed. It was suggested that she could have had an unknown disease, but more skeptical views hypothesized that the case might be explained by Münchausen syndrome by proxy, where her mother, seemingly the only one to witness her bleeding actually starting, was fabricating the story and somehow inducing the effect on the girl.[6] Sanal Edamaruku observed in 2010 that the pattern seemed to match her menstrual cycle and believed that she was faking the symptoms.[7]
Calvino Inman
Aged 22, reported to weep tears of blood 5 times a day.[8]
Catalin Rata
Aged 11, from Romania, reported to weep tears of blood only once after witnessing an animal (dog) get hit by a car. His mother took him to a CT scan but the doctor did not find any anomaly and suggested a religious approach at that time.[citation needed]
Rashida Khatoon
From India, was reportedly crying blood up to five times a day in 2009, and fainting with every weeping.[9]
Débora Santos
Age 17, from Brazil. Was reported to have cried tears of blood several times in her life.[10]
Yaritza Oliva (not officially diagnosed)
Age 21, from Chile. Was reported to have cried tears of blood several times a day in 2013.[11]
Linnie Ikeda (not officially diagnosed)
Age 25, from Waikele, Hawai'i on the island of 'O'ahu. She was diagnosed after 2008 with Gardner–Diamond syndrome for her random bruising, but in 2010 had symptoms of the splitting of her tongue which would bleed profusely. In 2011, Ikeda has started bleeding from her eyes.[12]
Marnie-Rae Harvey (not officially diagnosed)
Age 17, from the United Kingdom. Started in 2013 with initially coughing up blood but now persists in her tears since 2015.[13]
Sakhina Khatun
From BHAGWANGOLA, MURSHIDABAD, WEST BENGAL, India, was reportedly crying blood many times a day in 2019, and fainting with every weeping.[14]
Nicole Nayan (not officially diagnosed)
Grade School Student From Philippines Reportedly Crying blood Every Friday .,[1]

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  1. ^ Ahluwalia, BK; Khurana AK; Sood S (Jan–Feb 1987). "Bloody tears (jddfcj)". Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. 35 (1): 41–43. PMID 3450614.
  2. ^ a b Ottovay E, Norn M (August 1991). "Occult haemolacria in females". Acta Ophthalmol (Copenh). 69 (4): 544–6. doi:10.1111/j.1755-3768.1991.tb02038.x. PMID 1750328. S2CID 8298926.
  3. ^ "Doctor probes mystery of girl who cries blood". MSNBC Today. 2009-09-11. Archived from the original on 2009-09-18. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  4. ^ "Girl Who Cries Blood". Bodyshock. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  5. ^ "Filming "The Girl Who Cries Blood"". National Geographic. Archived from the original on 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  6. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (2010-01-13). "Last Night's Television – Muslim Driving School, BBC2; Girl Who Cries Blood, Channel 4; The Man Who Couldn't Stop Hiccuping, BBC1". The Independent UK. London. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  7. ^ "When I met the 'girl who cries blood'". The Guardian. 12 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Adolescente americano chora sangue até três vezes por dia, diz site".
  9. ^ "Indian Girl Cries Tears of Blood". 2009-05-14.
  10. ^ Kleber Tomaz (28 June 2011). "Médicos investigam caso de garota que 'chora' sangue no interior de SP".
  11. ^ "WATCH: Tears Of Blood?". Huffington Post. 25 June 2013.
  12. ^ Lynn Kawano (13 May 2015). "Woman with uncontrollable bleeding from eyes, mouth looking for 'a bit of hope'". Hawaii News Now.
  13. ^ Tracy Ollerenshaw (10 March 2016). "The girl with bleeding eyes and ears – and no diagnosis". BBC News.
  14. ^ "Indian Girl Cries Tears of Blood". 2019-09-21.