A Missouri teen has been left permanently blinded by a mysterious illness that sickened her following a family cruise last year.
After the cruise in July 2017, Jordyn Walker, 15, of Smithville, began experiencing bloody diarrhea and severe stomach pains.
Doctors diagnosed her with a sinus infection, but then she lost her senses: first taste and then smell.
Her symptoms gradually disappeared, but then reemerged - this time causing her face to bruise and bleeding from her eyes.
Despite emergency surgeries to reduce the swelling, doctors told her family her optic nerves were damaged and that she was completely blind - but that they had no idea what had caused it.
After a family cruise in July 2017, Jordyn Walker, 15 (left and right), of Smithville, Missouri, had bloody diarrhea and severe stomach pains. Doctors diagnosed her with a sinus infection, but then she lost her senses of taste and smell
Jordyn's symptoms disappeared but reemerged in early December, 17 months after her initial ordeal. Pictured: Jordyn, far right, and her family on the cruise
It was while the family was waiting in the ER that Jordyn's face began to swell up and she started bleeding from her eyes (left and right). She was rushed into emergency surgery, during which bones were removed from her eye sockets in an attempt to reduce the swelling
'We went to every specialty - allergy, immunology, rheumatology - every specialty, with no answers,' Jordyn's mother, Kendyll, told KMBC.
'We were searching and were told it was a one in a million case and probably would never happen again.'
In early December, Jordyn's symptoms reemerged. For 10 days, she had stomach pain and bloody diarrhea again, this time with vomiting.
On December 12, her parents rushed her to the emergency room at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
It was while the family was waiting in the ER that Jordyn's face began to swell up and she started bleeding from her eyes.