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March 10, 2016 ( Post 1 )


A 17-year-old girl is suffering from a horrific mystery condition which causes thick, stinging blood to seep from her eyes and ears.

Marnie 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.

Miss Harvey, from Stoke-on-Trent, is thought to be the only person in the UK with this unique set of symptoms, causing doctors to dub her '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 my parents, brother and sister all screamed when they saw me. My brother called an ambulance.'
Her ordeal began in 2013 when she became uncharacteristically unwell and started to cough up blood.
She was sent for a chest scan, which came back clear, but the worrying symptom continued for two years.

Miss Harvey frequently attended North Staffordshire Hospital and had further blood scans, which again, came back showing nothing amiss.
She developed a pain in her side and also began suffering migraines and sickness which were so bad she would miss weeks of school. by
Her attendance fell below 50 per cent and although she managed to take her GCSEs, she did not get the results she had hoped for.
'We had the medical letters but there were times I didn't go to school for weeks because the migraines were so bad all I could do was lie in my room in the dark, unable to move,' she said.

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.

By June 2015 the headaches and sickness had worsened. But what was to happen next was truly horrifying.

Miss Harvey had gone to bed with one of her crippling headaches when she woke up with blurred vision and pain behind her eyes.
When she went to the mirror, she had blood over her face and a sharp pain behind her eyes.
'My eyes started bleeding, then my nose and ears. It was a dark red, gloopy blood. It didn't gush out, it seeped.'
Her terrified family called an ambulance and she was taken to hospital.
But again doctors couldn't find anything wrong and she was sent home, only for the bleeding to return and was referred to the ear, nose and throat (ENT) and eye departments.
She was tested for a brain tumour but the results came back clear.

Despite the negative results, the bleeding continued as often as five times a day and Miss Harvey said she felt like her life was on hold. She would struggle to open her eyes during the episodes as the blood caused them to sting. It forced her to give up a hairdressing course and retail job as she 'couldn't go and bleed everywhere'.
'I used to go out with my friends every day but I became too scared to leave the house. It was alright in the summer because I could hide my bleeding eyes behind sunglasses but I can't do that now so I stay at home. I never know when it's going to happen and I don't like scaring people.'

Miss Harvey's dream to become a nurse, to go on holiday and find a boyfriend are all shelved while she's passed from specialist to specialist.

Every day, purple and blue bruises appear all over her body, which hurt to touch and often swell up.


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