A doctor from Dallas has travelled to India with the National Geographic Channel to examine a girl who claims to spontaneously cry blood and bleed from her feet and scalp.
Dr. George Buchanan is a pediatrician at the University of Texas Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, National Geographic persuaded him to travel with them to India to meet 14 year old Twinkle.
“When I heard her story even before I left, it sounded very suspicious to me. I had not seen bleeding conditions like this before.” Buchanan told Today.
When Dr. Buchanan examined Twinkle he found no signs of injury, and no feasible explanation as to where the blood was actually coming from. The blood appeared to simply seep through the skin, which Buchanan was quick to point out is impossible.
“I don’t know where the blood comes from. I can’t tell how. It seems to be her blood, but where it’s coming from, I’m not sure,” Buchanan said.
“When one looks at her, there’s no obvious cuts or scrapes or scratches or wounds; this seems to come right through the skin and the eyes, and medical science just has no good explanation for that. There’s no mechanism by which blood can spontaneously come through the skin and from the eyes as medical science understands it.
“This really does raise the question: Is this being faked in some way, or is the blood being placed there or put there by Twinkle?”
Buchanan believes that Twinkle’s condition is most likely psychiatric rather than medical, he suspects she suffers from Munchausen syndrome where people imagine symptoms and then physically recreate them. Or even more alarming it may even be Twinkle’s mother who is suffering from the syndrome and it is her who is creating the blood and placing it on her child.
There are never any witnesses to the bleeding actually beginning, other than Twinkle’s mother.
The Girl Who Cries Blood will be shown on the National Geographic Channel in the United States on Sunday 13th September.