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Brit woman who cries 'crocodile tears' when she eats cured by Botox jabs!

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London, Jan 22 (ANI): A British woman who cried 'crocodile tears' every time she ate has been cured - with the help of botox injections.

Patricia Webster, 58, sobs uncontrollably at every meal or snack.

The tears are a side effect of a medical condition, known as crocodile tears syndrome, which was ruining her life.

The condition is caused by dodgy nerve fibres that work when she chews. They should help her mouth soften food and produce saliva.

Consequently sufferers cannot help but cry when they chew and swallow food.

But Mrs Webster has been cured by Botox, usually used as a cosmetic procedure to get rid of wrinkles, which has been injected in her eyelids.

"Over the years, the tears and a sobbing movement would just come when I ate. I thought it was just when I ate very hot foods, but it happened with everything," The Telegraph quoted Webster, as saying.

"It meant I couldn't go to restaurants and dinner parties. Even having a cup of soup or tea at home would bring it on. I could never wear eye make-up because it would go all runny. I didn't realize initially and I went into a depression because I did not want to go out," Webster added.

The 58-year-old mother-of-three from the village of Boxley, near Maidstone in Kent, was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome in 1991, which attacks all nerves in the body.

She suffered some paralysis and fought to regain mobility in her body and face, but a partial facial paralysis remained and the crocodile tears developed as a side effect.

Now Webster attends Maidstone Hospital clinic for regular Botox jabs to keep the condition under control. (ANI)

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