Woman Who Gouged Her Eyes Out

Woman Who Gouged Her Eyes Out

Madyson Lewellyn

Kaylee Muthart was found gouging her own eyes with her hands outside of a church in Anderson, South Carolina, on February 6th. The 20-year-old fought off help from locals while in a meth-induced psychotic state. It eventually took a team of deputies to restrain Muthart long enough to transport her to the trauma unit at nearby Greenville Memorial Hospital, where doctors broke the news to Muthart’s mother, Katy Tompkins, that her daughter was completely blind.

After an extended stay at a hospital and a psychiatric facility, Muthart returned to her mother’s home on March 1, and started her new chapter without sight–but with a new state of mind.

“It’s the same life, but I’m just learning everything in a new way,” Muthart tells People Magazine. “Life’s more beautiful now, life’s more beautiful than it was being on drugs. It is a horrible world to live in.”

Months before the incident, Muthart says she was given marijuana from coworkers that was possibly laced with either cocaine or meth. She felt a high that she never has experienced before, and  once she researched her symptoms and discovered this, she left her job and co works behind. At her next job, another coworker pressured her into trying meth. Eventually, she gave in. Just days before she was to enter rehab, Muthart used meth and experienced a hallucination that warped her perception of her relationship with God.

“I though everyone who had died was stuck in their graves, that God was up in heaven alone, and that I had to sacrifice something important to be able to release everyone in the world to Gob,” she says of her hallucination. “It made the world darker, and took everything I believed in and distorted them to make me go down the path to pulling my eyes out.”

The 20-year-old says she is expected to go back to rehab for another four weeks, but has also been keeping herself busy before then by serving as a public speaker for the Commission for the Blind. She hopes to raise $50,000 through her GoFundMe page for a seeing eye dog.

“I’m happy to be Kaylee again. I’d rather be blind and be myself than be Kaylee on drugs.”