The mother of an Upstate woman who blinded herself while on drugs is thanking a pastor who stepped in to help when some were too afraid.
On Feb. 6, deputies were dispatched to a report of a woman who pulled out her own eyes near South Main Street Chapel and Mercy Center. Family said the woman, 20-year-old Kaylee Muthart, had been battling methamphetamine addiction and a substance added to the drug caused her to have a violent reaction.
Muthart blinded herself in the incident. Sheriff Chad McBride said most of the deputies on scene had never witnessed anything like what happened.
In 911 calls released on Wednesday, the first woman who called authorities said she was afraid she would faint if she approached Muthart. The woman described Muthart, in blue jeans and a gray sweater, trying to put her eye back into place.
"There's blood everywhere," she said. "If I go over there I'm going to pass out."
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Muthart's mother, Katy Tompkins, made a post on social media Wednesday, crediting the man who she said saved her daughter's life. She said when everyone was frightened of the situation, Pastor Terry Mitchell ran to her aid.
"I know God intervened, but He used this man to save Kaylee," Tompkins said in a Facebook post. "If not for him, I don't think Kaylee would have survived."
Muthart has not only survived, she is learning to enjoy life free of addiction. She is finding peace in singing and playing guitar.
“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.”
Tompkins is continuing to raise money on GoFundMe to get Muthart a service dog. The fund has raised $46,491 of its $50,000 goal.
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