Starting some-seven years ago, Spann began producing blood from his eyes, ears, mouth, and nose every day. Somewhat improved these days, the blood comes out a few times a week from his eyes. The problem – as in the beginning – is painful, without explanation, and debilitating for Spann.
Spann, in an interview with The Tennessean, said that he loses every job he gets because of the medical condition. His mother says that every time he meets someone new, his eyes start tearing – filling up with blood. She says that it scares the heck out of people – and it’s an extremely frustrating condition because no one is able to treat her son for the condition or even get some kind of remission for the concern.
One ophthalmologist, Memphis’ Dr. James “Chris” Fleming claims that determining the cause is difficult because going into Spann’s tear ducts to investigate the problem may do more harm than good. He says that exploring the tear duct would cause scarring and Spann would possibly lose part of the tear duct.
Others, according to the report, have had similar problems. Yaritza Oliva, 20, of Chile, cries blood. Doctors suspect she has a condition called haemolacria which is a physical malfunction that causes one to have partial blood in their tears.
After experiencing a snake bite that could have killed a Canadian man in Costa Rica, he wept tears of blood. His incident stopped when he received an antidote to the venom.