A woman who ‘cries crystal tears’ making her life ‘hell’ is now suspected by doctors to be faking her condition by putting glass in her eyes.
Satenik Kazaryan, from Spandaryan village in Armenia, received worldwide attention for ‘weeping’ up to 50 jagged-edged tears each day, which she said was agony.
The 22-year-old’s condition initially astonished doctors. Detailed analysis is still underway, but now the mother of one is strongly suspected of putting glass particles in her own eyes, according to new reports.
While there is a rare medical condition that could lead to so-called ‘crystal tears’, experts think Kazaryan is suffering from Munchausen syndrome, a type of mental disorder which leads people to fake illness and self-harm, often as a means of gaining attention.
Kazaryan and her mother-in-law Zemfira Mikaelyan insist the ‘glass tears’ are natural.
But Professor Anna Hovakimyan, of the Armenian Republican Ophthalmological Centre, claimed the ‘crystal tears’ were probably made of glass.
She said: ‘The crystals look like ordinary glass. I am almost 100 per cent sure that the patient suffers from Munchausen syndrome.’
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