The mother of the woman, 20, who gouged out the eyes speaks about the dangers of illegal drugs

Kaylee Muthart, 20, blind after she stabbed her eyes out while hallucinating earlier this month.


The mother of a South Carolina woman who gouged her eyes with her hands, earlier this month, is speaking out about the risks of use of illegal drugs.

Kaylee Muthart, 20, terrified for the people in Anderson County, S. C., after the people witnessed the woman removing her eyeballs on Feb. 6, 2018. People told me that the woman was hallucinating at the time of the incident.

Fox Carolina reported a few officials “had to subdue her enough so that she could begin receiving medical assistance.”

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“It lasted two or three of our boys and two Emt” to subdue her enough that they could start receiving medical attention, the Sheriff of Chad McBride of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Muthart’s mother, Katy Tompkins, told the People that the doctor informed her that her daughter was blind from the incident.


“That was a fight, I can’t even explain that feeling when I heard it, it was awful. Complete terror,” Tompkins told the People. “I was grateful that she was still alive, but I knew that there was something wrong with her.”

Tompkins said doctors think that her daughter used methamphetamine laced with another substance that was causing her to hallucinate.

Tompkins said Muthart believed “the world was on its head,” and “they heard voices that told her to sacrifice her eyes in order to make it to heaven.”

She said that her daughter began using methamphetamine last year when they moved. Tompkins said that she tried to get her daughter to get help a few days before the incident.

“The day before it happened, that it was my birthday, I was ready to have her committed, just to get her off the streets and out of the way,” Tompkins said. “But I was too late.”

Despite the horrific episode, Tompkins said that her daughter is recovering well, but it will be a long period of recovery.

“She’s doing great. Each day at a time, they are just getting a little better and better,” she said. “They get all the different types of treatment, but they are going to re-learn everything. It is like she is almost life starts again.”


Tompkins said her daughter to go back with her after she is discharged from the hospital. She has a GoFundMe page to raise money for a seeing-eye dog for her daughter.

The mother said that she has spoken with other parents whose children have struggled with drugs.

“This is something you never think is going to happen to you, but it did,” Tompkins said. “Many of the mothers I spoke with have children who are addicted to heroin for 10, 15 years, and I’m like,” How did you get through it?’ My daughter did it for six months and it literally tore me.”

Tompkins said Muthart would like to tell her story one day to help others.

“I don’t know how I get it, but she gave me strength. It’s weird to say, but it elevates me now and she is the one who can’t see. That is just the nature of the person she is,” Tompkins said. “I am grateful. It is a terrible thing, but I am still grateful because God spared her life.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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