Mystery illness causes teenager’s nose, mouth and eyes to suddenly bleed
A family is desperate for answers after a fall at work led to a mystery illness that causes their teenage daughter's nose, mouth and even her eyes to bleed suddenly.
Up until six months ago, Alexis Harrison, 17, was a healthy and normal teenager.
But the childcare educator, from the Gold Coast in Australia, had a fall at work in December and her health began to spiral, Nine News reports.
She slipped over in the bathroom and hit the left side of her head on a basin.
Alexis has been having uncontrollable seizures ever since as well as suffering other peculiar symptoms including her eyes, nose and mouth suddenly pooling with blood.
Her parents are no closer to understanding what is happening, they say.
Her mum, Amber Harrison, told Nine News that Alexis has been discharged from hospital twice despite being extremely unwell.
Alexis was examined by the doctor after her fall but was sent home. But at work the next morning, she started bleeding from her left eye.
The manager at the child care centre where she works told her to go back to the medical centre.
“When she got there the nurse found her in the bathroom having a seizure and her eye bleeding,” her mum said.
An ambulance was called and Alexis was given a CT scan.
“The doctor came back and said it’s all clear," Mrs Harrison continued.
"They sent us away, two to three hours later.”
“We had to carry her out she was that dizzy and incoherent. I was saying this is ridiculous that you are letting us leave, and they said, no, no the CT scan is fine.”
In the end, Mrs Harrison said the family called on Ryan’s Rule in order to get an MRI done on Alexis’s brain.
Ryan’s Rule is an escalation process for patients and families introduced in Queensland hospitals after the death of Ryan Saunders, who died in 2007 from an undiagnosed Streptococcal infection, which led to Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Again, the MRI showed no brain injury.
The family got in touch with a private healthcare provider but claim they were told Alexis's case could not be taken on.
Now, Alexis's seizures are lasting for more than 20 minutes and are coming back to back for up to three hours, her mum told the news site.
“When this all started it was her left eye that was bleeding, which is the side she had the head trauma. Now it’s both eyes, nose and the mouth, so it’s getting worse," she said.
Alexis has been left unable to work, drive or continue her studies.
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