On Feb. 6, 2018, Kaylee Muthart woman gouged out her own eyes outside of a church in Anderson County, South Carolina. The 20-year-old, while in a drug-induced fog, was heard screaming outside of South Main Chapel and Mercy Center as parishioners rushed to her aid. As first responders attempted to assist her, she fought them off due to severe hallucinations. Eventually, she was restrained and flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital’s trauma unit where she was declared completely blind.
The horrible incident occurred just days after Muthart promised her mother, Katy Tompkins, she would enter rehab. Reportedly, the young woman unknowingly was given meth-laced marijuana about six months prior and quickly became addicted. In a Facebook post, Tompkins thanked everyone for praying and revealed that Muthart is on the road to recovery. She wrote:
I want to thank you all for all of your prayers! Kaylee is doing so well and just amazes me. Yes, she does have her moments but her doctors and team are so impressed with her progress, considering! She even did a cartwheel yesterday. She gives me my hope to not be sad like my heart wants to be. I want to thank everyone that has been reaching out with prayers and positive thoughts because it helps us get through!
We can see Him [God] working in her life. Thank you for ALL of your prayers because God is truly hearing them. Through all that she has been through, God has reignited her spirit!
Methamphetamine impacts the brain’s natural chemical balance. When a person uses meth, it alters the homeostasis of the chemistry of their brain. This process can cause psychosis, which is often temporary yet a severe mental condition in which people lose touch with reality. Meth-induced psychosis can happen for first-time users experiencing a “bad trip” or over a period of time. A person who is suffering from this type of psychosis will experience hallucinations, paranoia, extreme delusions, and/or obsessive-compulsive behavior induced by the drug. In this case, the victim gouged her own eyes out.
The effects of meth psychosis can last for just hours or days for those considered “lucky”. However, others never fully recover and suffer from permanent states or recurring phases of psychosis that could be triggered with little to no warning. Meth psychosis is highly common, and most people who use meth will experience some level of psychosis which can range in severity. Thankfully, at the time of this article, Muthart is drug-free although she faces a lengthy and difficult recovery process.
Kaylee remains in the hospital under close doctor’s care. She is receiving antibiotic drops and medication to keep her eyelids lubricated. In order to preserve her facial structure and keep bacteria from the cavities of her eyes, doctors recommend that she received prosthetic eyes.
The 20-year-old gorged her own eyes out while she heard things that were not there. In a state of hallucination, her auditory capabilities were impacted. Reportedly, Muthart was commanded to take her eyes out in order to get to Heaven. During this episode, she also stated that the world appeared upside down and dark while she was surrounded by a collection of colored birds.
Muthart will live the rest of her life complexly blind, but with the support of family along with guidance from doctors, she can eventually get her life back on track. Kaylee Muthart has found light in the midst of darkness and hopes her story will deter others from the perils of addiction.
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All Images Courtesy of Katy Tompkins – Used with Kaylee Muthart’s Permission