Antioch, Tenn. native Michael Spann developed an extremely rare condition at the age of 22 that makes him cry blood. Spann, 29, says the condition has prevented him from persuing an education or keeping a job.
"I have a condition that I get these really bad headaches, and along with the headaches I bleed from my eyes," Spann told the Tennessean. "Any job I get I lose because my eyes start bleeding and they can’t keep me on," he said, adding that he "can’t be a waiter and work in any public thing."
Many of the known cases have occurred in Tennesse, but because this affliction is so rare, there isn't a known cure for it. What's worse for Spann is that he doesn't have healthcare and his family has already spent a great deal of money just trying to figure out what his condition stems from.
Fortunately, researchers have learned that as patients age, the symptoms decrease and they stop crying blood. A life of waiting for this to end is no life at all.