Woman gouges her own eyes out

Kenny Tucker
March 15, 2018

It took a team of police to calm her down before she was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital's trauma unit, where doctors cleaned what was left of her orbital sockets to prevent infection. "Thankfully, as time progresses, with much support and her therapy, we can help her to understand that things that she was seeing and thinking at that time, were not true or real". Kaylee Muthart, 20, said she was originally leading a good life and was going well in school, but as she started drinking and smoking marijuana, she transitioned to harder drugs like meth and ecstasy regularly.

On Friday, Cosmopolitan published an interview with Muthart, who said the "high" from the drugs she used "made me feel particularly close to God".

"I'd rather be blind and be myself than be Kaylee on drugs, and I truly mean that with my heart", she says. She has run into things at home and has trouble sleeping. But by the following year, she smoked pot she suspects was "laced with either cocaine or meth".

"I don't know how I'm getting through it, but she has given me strength", Tompkins said. But I know the drugs numbed the pain.

"As we prepare for the long road to getting her situated in her new life we are asking for your help", the page explains.

And then, she started reading the Bible.

Although she got a new job, she still felt isolated after losing her friends and boyfriend.

In August, she picked at blackheads on her face until it bled. "God wouldn't want you to feel that, '" Muthart said. I misinterpreted a lot of it.

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Muthart was a good student in high school, she told the magazine.

And then came that fateful day: February 6, 2018. She said while it was daylight, she felt everything was dark except for a light post where she hallucinated a white bird was perched.

She realized that someone had to sacrifice something to "right the world, and that person was me".

"I proceeded to pull out my eyes with my bare hands and twisted them, and pulled them, and popped them", she says. "I don't know how I came to that conclusion, but I felt it was, without doubt, the right, rational thing to do immediately".

She gouged her own eyes out. "I told the pastor who showed up, 'Pray for me, I want to see the light, pray for me'". She had no memory of saying that.

Doctors then informed her mother Katy Tompkins that Muthart had blinded herself. Her hospital stay lasted about a week.

While she was at the church, "my mom was on her way to the courthouse with her recording to get me legally committed".

Muthart is now living with her mother after a stint in psychiatric treatment and is trying to reconnect with her religious beliefs despite her disability.

She is now raising money for treatment on her GoFundMe page and has raised over $27,000 of her $50,000 goal. She is also attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings and has gone to the Commission for the Blind to learn about living without eyesight. The page has already raised $27,000 of her $50,000 goal.

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