A young woman in India has been diagnosed with a condition which causes her to sweat blood – with people believing she is a witch. Known only as Geeta, the 21-year-old suddenly started bleeding from her eyes last year, but her condition is so rare that many, including some doctors, do not even know it exists.
Geeta suffers from the rare and horrific illness which has broken her marriage and left her family fearing for her futureShe is thought to be suffering from hematohidrosis, which affects only 1 in 10 million people.
Studies have found that in some cases, the condition can be triggered by extreme stress, causing the blood vessels which surround the sweat glands to narrow.
As the anxiety and stress increases, the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture, and blood is pushed to the surface, coming out of the skin like sweat, but red.
Geeta’s condition has devastated her family, and destroyed her marriage.