A guest named Brandi on daytime show “The Doctors” was a victim of domestic abuse.
She explained on the show that her then-husband beat her, banged her head on a concrete road, and tried to pull her eye out of its socket.
Because of the attack, Brandi’s right eye was severely damaged, which resulted in her developing “double vision.” According to Harvard Health, double vision, also called diplopia, causes a person to see two images of a single object.
When Brandi and her daughter first appeared on “The Doctors” in May 2017, she explained how on the night of the attack they were both trying to get Brandi’s husband to leave. It was in that moment that he essentially took Brandi against her will and drove off:
“He ruined my whole entire life.”
With tears in her eyes, Brandi’s daughter Taylor added that she just couldn’t believe someone would do that to her mom.
After sharing her story, the show introduced Brandi to three different doctors — eye surgeon Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, eye surgeon Dr. Kenneth Wright, and oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Zoumalan — in order to help restore her vision and fix her scars.
After many successful surgeries, Brandi was able to get her vision back and Taylor was able to get her mom back. The doctors also said that they could see her feeling more empowered now and that is what is most important to them.
Brandi told “The Doctors:”
“Today, I’m happier… I’m more confident. He did not win.”
She went on to agree with the doctors when they told her she looks great. Her daughter then added:
“I’m really happy for her. I’m extremely proud… I just can’t wait to see what she does in the future.”
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute on average are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, amounting to more than 10 million women and men a year.
Now a motivational speaker, Brandi tells other people in similar situations to “leave today, because there might not be tomorrow.”