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.
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,' she said. '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. But despite the fact her symptoms seem to worsen when she's on her period - tests show there is nothing wrong with her reproductive organs or fertility.
She said: ‘They scanned my womb and ovaries and it all came back clear. I saw a gynecologist in January but it felt futile as I’ve already had my reproductive organs checked and cleared.’ ‘Some friends still come visit me but there are some I haven’t seen in months,' she said.