In February, South Carolina 19-year-old Kaylee Muthart gouged out her eyes using her own hands after unknowingly taking laced methamphetamine.
A witness called police after hearing the teen’s screams and spotting her bent over railroad tracks covered in blood, Dearly previously reported.
Muthart was rushed to a nearby hospital where she underwent surgery to repair her orbital sockets. Doctors were able to stabilize the teen and she was sent home the following month, People reports.
It turns out, Muthart gouged out her eyes during an intense hallucination.
She’d started smoking meth after having a “mental breakdown” just months ahead of the incident, but didn’t realize just how bad her situation had become.
Now, she says the traumatic experience set her on the path to staying clean.Kaylee Jean Muthart/Facebook
Muthart is now 20 years old and completely blind, yet she feels better than she ever has before.
She’s remained clean and can now concentrate on improving as a person, she told People:
“I actually feel like a person. I feel like myself, and I don’t feel like I’m chasing something… It, actually, feels really nice. The way it worked out is the way God had it work out, that’s just the way it is… but I’d rather for it to have happened than to still be stuck in that world.”
However, coming to terms with her blindness can sometimes be difficult. She is taking classes to work on mobility and learn to function in everyday life again.Katy Tompkins/GoFundMe
Luckily, there’s still once place she can see — in her dreams. Muthart said:
“My dreams are colorful, and it’s like being able to see again. They can be strange, and switch scenes really quickly. But it’s comforting because it’s colorful. I like sleeping a lot because it’s like I can see.”
Muthart someday hopes to head to college and study marine biology. Until then, she hopes her story may inspire drug users to get their lives on track until it’s too late.
Her family has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to get her a service dog.