A WOMAN who gouged out both of her own eyes during a meth-induced psychotic episode has received her first pair of prosthetic eyeballs.
In February of 2018, Kaylee Muthart, 20 at the time, ripped out her eyes while high on meth in South Carolina.
Muthart told PEOPLE that she thought if she plucked her eyes out, she would save the world.
WLTX reported that the last thing she saw was a light pole morphing into a white dove as trees curled downward and skies darkened, causing her to think the world was ending.
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 Muthart’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 Muthart, 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,” George said. “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.”
According to Muthart, George cried when he saw her.
After her new eyes were fitted Muthart FaceTimed with her mom, Katy Tompkins to show her the result.
“She cried with happiness too,” said Muthart. “She is so excited for me and this next chapter in my life.”
Muthart celebrated her new eyes with a dinner with her boyfriend at Applebees, where they had their first date.
“Before we had dinner I put on my own makeup for the first time since I lost my sight, that felt very special,” she said.
Attending blind school has taught Muthart how to be self-sufficient and she will soon receive a guide dog to assist her in her daily life.
She has learned a “decent amount” of brail, can cook, use a stove, wash clothes, make a bed and even look after pets.
Muthart is planning on going back to school to get her high school diploma and an associates degree.
“I’ve come such a long way from two years ago,” she said. “Coming off meth was awful, physically and mentally, there was hallucinations and psychosis, but I overcame it thanks to God.”
Murhart has started writing a book about her experiences, which holds the working title ‘Kaylee’s Story.’
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