Woman who gouged out both of her own EYES in crystal meth-induced psychotic frenzy receives her first pair of prosthetic eyeballs

  •  Kaylee Muthart ripped out her eyes while high on crystal meth two years ago
  •  Doctors told the North Carolina native she would be blind for the rest of her life 
  •  But the incident served as a catalyst for change and Kaylee no longer uses drugs
  •  On Wednesday, the 22-year-old received her first pair of prosthetic eyeballs 
A woman who gouged out both of her own eyes during a meth-induced psychotic frenzy has received her first pair of prosthetic eyeballs. 
Two years ago, Kaylee Muthart, then aged 21, ripped out her eyes while a horrified bystander struggled to restrain her.
She was rushed to hospital, where doctors told her that she would be blind for the rest of her life.
Kaylee Muthart was aged 21 when she gouged out her own eyes during a drug-induced frenzy
Kaylee Muthart was aged 21 when she gouged out her own eyes during a drug-induced frenzy
Kaylee pictured just after the incident in 2018
Kaylee pictured just after the incident in 2018
Kaylee, pictured just after the incident in 2018, was told she would be blind for life
But the appalling incident served as a catalyst for positive change in Kaylee's life - she entered rehab and committed to quitting drugs for good.
Now the South Carolina native is clean and healthy, and on Wednesday she received her first pair of prosthetic eyes, thanks to Dr Joseph Gorrin, of Gorrin's Clinic in Greenville, South Carolina.
Kaylee, pictured while recovering in hospital, says her ordeal was a catalyst for change
Kaylee, pictured while recovering in hospital, says her ordeal was a catalyst for change
'I was so excited to get them,' said Kaylee, 22, who is currently enrolled in blind school.
'I just wanted to appear more normal to the outside world.'
Earlier this week, Kaylee received her first set of prosthetic eyeballs since she was blinded
Earlier this week, Kaylee received her first set of prosthetic eyeballs since she was blinded 
'I just wanted to appear more normal to the outside world': Kaylee with her new prosthetic eyes
'I just wanted to appear more normal to the outside world': Kaylee with her new prosthetic eyes
Kaylee is all smiles with her prosthetic eyes
Kaylee with her boyfriend Alex George
Kaylee and her boyfriend Alex George are all smiles after she received her new prosthetic eyes
Her finance executive boyfriend Alex George, 42, was there to witness the profound moment.
'It melted my heart,' said Alex, who lives with Kaylee in Central, South Carolina.
'She was never any different to me, but I know she's wanted this for a very long time and I'm so happy she has this now.
'I felt so much joy, love, appreciation and thanks to God.
'Seeing Kaylee happy makes me happy.
'She is always an upbeat and positive person, but this made her extra happy. It was incredible to be able to look in her eyes.'
Kaylee added: 'I said that, 'I feel like I'm Kaylee again' and Alex said 'you've always been Kaylee to me. He cried when he saw me.'
Once her new eyes were fitted, Kaylee spoke with her mother, Katy Tompkins, 58, over FaceTime to show her the result.
'She cried with happiness too,' said Kaylee.
'She is so excited for me and this next chapter in my life.'
Kaylee pictured with her mother, Katy Tompkins, after being fitted with her new prostethics
Kaylee pictured with her mother, Katy Tompkins, after being fitted with her new prostethics
Kaylee and Alex, who have known each other for five years, celebrated with a dinner at Applebees.
'That's where we had our first date, so it's a meaningful place for us,' said Kaylee.
'Before we had dinner I put on my own makeup for the first time since I lost my sight, that felt very special.'
Attending blind school has taught Kaylee how to be self-sufficient and she will soon receive a guide dog to assist her in her daily life.
'I've learned a decent amount of brail and I can cook, use a stove, wash clothes, make the bed and look after pets now,' said Kaylee.
'I'm planning to go back to school to get my high school diploma, and then an associates degree. I want to get up as high as I can.
'I've come such a long way from two years ago.
'Coming off meth was awful, physically and mentally, there were hallucinations and psychosis, but I overcame it, thanks to God.'
Kaylee added that she has started writing a book about her experience.

5 comments:

  1. "and Kaylee no longer uses drugs" LOL

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  2. Perhaps next they can restore sight to the Portland cops who were blinded by rioters with lasers

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  3. what an expensive price to pay

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  4. So what are they not saying? Hundreds, even thousands of people have meth related fits every day and you never hear about them scratching out their own eyes. So what is different about this case? Was she also on a pharmaceutical or other illegal drug? Was this the first meth induced fit she had? If not how were the others different and why? I also thought they could do eyeball transplants these days.

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