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Upstate woman who gouged out eyes tells magazine 'Life's more beautiful now'

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Life has changed drastically for Kaylee Muthart since a tragic morning in February outside an Anderson County church, but her mother said she is continuing to recover and find new purpose.

Deputies were called to South Main Chapel on Feb. 6 after a report of a woman who gouged out her own eyes. According to Kaylee's mother, Katy Tompkins, the 20-year-old had been battling meth addiction for six months before the incident.

Tompkins said doctors believe another chemical or drug was added to methamphetamine to cause Kaylee to react the way she did and skew her perception of reality so much she pulled out her own eyes.

She said she is grateful her daughter is still here and on the road to recovery. A GoFundMe account set up to raise money for Kaylee to get a service dog has received $31,000 in donations since Feb. 12.

Kaylee was released from the hospital in early March and Tompkins said she has an upcoming appointment at the Eye Institute in Greenville.

In an update on GoFundMe, Kaylee's mother said she is finding peace in singing and is adjusting to her surroundings.

In an interview with People magazine, Kaylee said playing the guitar has not been a difficult transition and she recently learned a new song. Muthart told People she would rather be herself without her sense of sight than the woman who was battling meth addiction.

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

Kaylee told People she is expected to go back to a rehab facility in the near future. She is also slated to appear on The Dr. Oz Show.

"I do believe she can eventually put the bad thoughts in the past and each day I'm with her I see improvement but it is a slow process," Tompkins wrote on GoFundMe.

As a mother, she continues to urge those battling addiction to seek help.

"Kaylee was only in that world for 6 months and I can see the damage it caused," Tompkins wrote.

(NOTE: FOX Carolina News and People magazine are both owned by Meredith Corporation.)


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