The Girl Who Cries
May be disturbing to some viewers
The Girl Who Cries Blood
Real or a Hoax?
from Dallas has traveled to India with the
National Geographic Channel to examine a girl who claims to
spontaneously cry blood and bleed from her feet and scalp.
George Buchanan is a pediatrician at the University of Texas
Southwestern and Childrens Medical Center in Dallas, National Geographic
persuaded him to travel with them to India to meet 14 year old Twinkle.
I heard her story even before I left, it sounded very suspicious to me.
I had not seen bleeding conditions like this before, Buchanan
explained. When Dr. Buchanan examined Twinkle he found no signs of
injury, and no feasible explanation as to where the blood was actually
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 its coming from, I'm not sure,
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 Twinkles
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
Twinkles 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 Twinkles
|A girl named Twinkle appears to cry tears of blood. A doctor was unable to find any signs of injury or reason as to why this occurs. Some believe that it is just a hoax, but others are baffled.
The Girl Who Cries Blood
Stigmata are bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus. The term originates from the line at the end of Saint Paul's Letter to the Galatians where he says, "I bear on my body the marks of Jesus."
Stigmata is the plural of the Greek word stigma, meaning a mark or brand such as might have been used for identification of an animal or slave. An individual bearing stigmata is referred to as a stigmatic.
Reported cases of stigmata take various forms. Many show some or all of the five Holy Wounds that were, according to the Bible, inflicted on Jesus during his crucifixion: wounds in the hands and feet, from nails, and in the side, from a lance.
Some stigmatics display wounds to the forehead similar to those caused by the Crown of Thorns. Other reported forms include tears of blood or sweating blood, and wounds to the back as from scourging. Some stigmatics claim to feel the pain of wounds with no external marks; these are referred to as invisible stigmata. In other claims, stigmata are accompanied by extreme pain.
Some stigmatics' wounds do not appear to clot, and stay fresh and uninfected. The blood from the wounds is said, in some cases, to have a pleasant, perfumed odor, known as the Odour of Sanctity. Individuals who have obtained the stigmata are many times described as ecstatics. At the time of receiving the stigmata they are overwhelmed with emotions.