A woman who gouged out both of her own eyes while on drugs has received her first pair of prosthetic eyeballs.
On February 6, 2018 Kaylee Muthart, then 21, ripped out her eyes in a meth-induced psychotic frenzy, 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.
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.
Two years later the South Carolina native is clean and healthy, and on August 5 she received her first pair of prosthetic eyes – provided by Dr. Joseph Gorrin, of Gorrin’s Clinic in Greenville, SC.
“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.”
Her loving boyfriend Alex George, 42, was there to witness the profound moment.
“It melted my heart,” said Alex, a Finance Executive, who lives with Kaylee in Central, SC.
“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 ‘I feel like I’m Kaylee again’ and Alex said ‘you’ve always been Kaylee to me.
“He cried when he saw me.”
After her new eyes were fitted Kaylee FaceTimed with her mom, Katy Tompkins, 58, 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 and Alex, who have been dating since January, then celebrated with a dinner at Applebees.
“That’s where we has 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 was hallucinations and psychosis, but I overcame it thanks to God.”
Kaylee has started writing a book about her experiences, which holds the working title ‘Kaylee’s Story.’