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Doctors Baffled Over Lucknow Girl Who Cries Blood

PTI 11 Jan 2010, 12:10:01 PM IST

Lucknow's 14-year-old Twinkle Dwivedi is in popular British tabloids The Sun and News of the World because of her mysterious disease, in which she spontaneously bleeds at least 50 times a day. 

She has this strange disorder which means she loses blood through her skin without being cut or scratched.

Twinkle has even undergone transfusions after pints of it seeped through her eyes, nose, hairline, neck and soles of her feet.

A leading American haematologist Dr George Buchanan  travelled to India to look into the startling case. The teenager has been zing blood up to 50 times a day for the last three years.

She said: "I bleed from my eyes, my hands, my head, from everywhere. From my ears, nose and eyes as well. It doesn't hurt when the bleeding starts. But it makes me tired and sometimes I have headaches."

Dr Buchanan visited Twinkle's family at the Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai where he observed her bleeding.

He said: "I've never seen a case of someone who bleeds spontaneously from their scalp or their palms, or read about it in medical history. I was interested to see if I could help Twinkle."

The doctor was called to the family's hotel room to witness bleeding which began from her hair parting.

He was shocked to find no signs of cuts, bruising or redness.

Dr Buchanan said: "It doesn't seem physically possible for blood to seep through intact skin.  But I saw no signs of cuts or bruising anywhere on her body."

Dr Buchanan and his team carried out a series of tests including cutting Twinkle's skin to time how quickly the bleeding stops.

Tests show she may have a mild form of a clotting disorder, which means her platelets do not stick together properly. But this is not enough to explain the spontaneous bleeding.

Dr Buchanan is also investigating whether Twinkle or her mum cause the bleeding themselves.

Twinkle said: "I am not causing this. Why would I want to make myself bleed?  I don't want to be like this. I want to go to school and have a normal life."

The unlucky girl has missed at least two years of education after two schools banned her from classes because of the bleeding.

The mysterious case of Twinkle's bleeding is fully examined in a new BodyShock documentary on British Channel 4 to be telecast on Tuesday night.

It also shows Twinkle's family visiting a local mystic, being examined by a Christian bishop for stigmata, and bathing in the River Ganga.