Medical mystery: Doctors baffled over man who cries tears of blood

Medical mystery: Doctors baffled over man who cries tears of blood

Medical mystery: Doctors baffled over man who cries tears of blood

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by KMOV.com staff

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Posted on October 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 11:37 AM

(KMOV) -- A Tennessee man cries tears of blood and has spent the better part of a decade looking for answers and help, according to CBS Charlotte.

According to the report, 29-year-old Michael Spann cried blood for the first time seven years ago when he was in his home coming down the stairs and felt a sudden pain.

“I felt like I got hit in the head with a sledgehammer,” Spann told The Tennessean. “I never felt anything like it.”

Not only was the blood coming not just from his eyes, it was running from his nose and mouth.  He said it started to occur every day.

While it’s not as frequent nowadays, it still happens once or twice a week.

Spann has undergone several exploratory procedures, but they tend to do more harm than good. Doctors remain baffled.

“There probably is a cause, but it is a small tear duct that is only a millimeter or two or three in diameter,” Dr. James “Chris” Fleming, an opthalmologist at theUniversity of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Hamilton Eye Institute explained to The Tennessean. “It’s a tube. To get into that tube and examine that tube from one end to the other would cause scarring, and you could lose part of the tear duct.  That’s the dilemma that can cause problems, that we will leave someone with a permanent disability.”

Spann has trouble getting what he needs because he doesn’t have health insurance. The condition also makes attending work or college impossible.

“Any job I get I lose because my eyes start bleeding and they can’t keep me on,” Span told the newspaper. “Obviously, I can’t be a waiter and work in any public thing because you are bleeding.”

Spann said he now doesn’t leave his home in fear his eyes could begin to bleed.

“I have kids that ride by on bikes in this neighborhood who point and say, ‘That’s the guy who bleeds,’” Spann explained to The Tennessean. “I really don’t want more than that.”

 

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