Boy cries tears of blood

Medical mystery: Calvino Inman, 15, cries tears of real blood, and doctors don’t know why

BY Tracy Miller

Wednesday, September 2nd 2009, 11:19 AM

Calvino Inman, 15, from Tenn., experiences uncontrollable tears of blood up to three times a day, confounding doctors and specialists.


The disturbing condition comes in bouts lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

A 15-year-old boy cries tears of real blood up to three times every day — and no one can figure out why.

Calvino Inman of Rockwood, Tenn., says his friends have called him “possessed.” The tears are uncontrollable and can last anywhere from 15 minutes up to an hour.

“Sometimes, I can feel it coming up, like a tear. I feel my eyes watering,” Inman told ABC News affiliate WATE. “Sometimes, it will burn as it comes out.”

Inman’s worried mother, Tammy Mynatt, said she has taken her son for an MRI, a CAT scan, ultrasounds and to appointments with specialists. No doctor has been able to diagnose her son’s condition.

Mynatt called 911 when the tears first occurred.

“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,” she told WATE.

Ophthalmologist Dr. Rex Hamilton told “Good Morning America” that Inman could be suffering from a condition called Haemolacria, which means “bloody tears.”

“That is just a descriptive term of the manifestation of the bloody tears,” Hamilton said. “It says nothing about what’s causing that … It’s a one-in-a-million kind of condition.”

Speaking on WATE, Mynatt put out a desperate plea for any doctor with experience in treating the condition to get in touch.

“I don’t care where we have to travel. I will go wherever we need to go … I just please want somebody to help my baby.”

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