A South Carolina woman has become blind after she gouged her eyes out after consuming meth.
Kaylee Muthart, 20, had been using meth for the past six months when the incident occurred.
On February 6, Muthart suffered from a drug-induced hallucination while outside of South Main Chapel and Mercy Center. While the parishioners frantically tried to calm her down, she fought them off until authorities arrived.
After Muthart was under control, she flown to the Greenville Memorial Hospital trauma unit, where doctors treated her orbital sockets to prevent an infection. Unfortunately, doctors were forced to inform her mother she had become completely blind.
“That was a struggle, I can’t even explain that feeling when I found out, it was horrifying. Complete terror,” Muthart's mother Katy Tompkins told PEOPLE. “I was thankful she was alive, but I knew something was wrong with her.”
Tompkins, who is the mother to six other children, said she believes her daughter unintentionally started using the dangerous drug after she had meth-laced marijuana. She quickly became addicted.
Doctors suspect the meth Muthart consumed on the day of the incident was most likely laced with another chemical that caused her to hallucinate. She believed the world was "upside down," and heard voices pressuring her to sacrifice her eyes in order to go to heaven.
Sadly, Tompkins said she thought she would have been able save her.
The day before Muthart gauged her eyes out, she told her mother she was planning on entering rehab next week.
“The day before it happened, which was my birthday, I was getting ready to have her committed, just to get her off the streets and away from it,” Tompkins said. “But I was too late.”
While Muthart has been in the hospital since her meltdown, Tompkins said her daughter's vastly improving.
“She’s been doing wonderfully. Each day at a time, she just gets a little better and better,” Tompkins said of her “charismatic and outgoing” daughter.
“She’s getting all different kinds of treatment, but she’s going to have to relearn everything. It’s like she’s almost starting life over again,” she added.
However, Tompkins said Muthart will have to relearn how to be independent once she adjusts to living without sight once she's released from the hospital.
Tompkins said while it'll be a heartbreaking experience to watch her daughter live without her vision, will try to make Muthart's transition as easy as possible.
“I still haven’t grasped it yet. I can hardly look at her pictures right now, and I can’t think of her not being able to see,” she says. “I don’t like the dark, and I think, ‘Oh my gosh, that poor thing will always be in the dark.’”
Luckily, Tompkins said Muthart to now finding a silver lining out her traumatic ordeal, by sharing her story to others in a bid to prevent them from making the same mistakes she did.
“I don’t know how I’m getting through it, but she has given me strength. It’s weird to say, but she uplifts me right now and she’s the one that can’t see. That’s just the kind of person she is,” Tompkins said.
“I’m thankful. It’s a horrible thing, but I’m still thankful because God spared her life,” she added.
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