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Mom of the 20-Year-Old Who Dug Her Eyes Out While on Drugs Speaks Out

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Earlier this month, 20-year-old Kaylee Muthart reportedly dug out her eyes with her hands while hallucinating under the influence of methamphetamine. PEOPLE reported Muthart thought the world was "upside down" and had to "sacrifice her eyes" after voices told her that’s how she would make it to heaven.

Muthart, a Waffle House employee, was outside of a church in Anderson, South Carolina, when some passersby saw her pulling out her eyes from her sockets and called the police, WLTX reports. Muthart then allegedly fought both the people who tried to help her and the officers who responded to the call. Authorities were eventually able to take her to the trauma unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital. At the hospital, doctors reportedly had to clean out what was left of Muthart's eyes to avoid any infections.

Muthart is reportedly completely blind now and has been in the hospital for the two weeks since the incident. Now her mom, Katy Tompkins, is speaking out about the horrific incident and the dangers of illegal drugs.

Tompkins alleges her daughter, who wanted to be a marine biologist, became addicted to meth six months ago when she unknowingly used marijuana that was laced with the stimulant. Meth often leads to hallucinations, self-mutilation, violence, and extreme exhaustion. Before the incident, Muthart reportedly told her mom she would go to rehab in a week.

"The day before it happened, which was my birthday, I was getting ready to have her committed, just to get her off the streets and away from it," Tompkins told PEOPLE. "But I was too late."

Muthart is recovering now and will move back in with her mom once she is released from the hospital. Muthart’s doctors reportedly recommended she get prosthetic eyes – she wants them to be green like hers were – and a seeing-eye dog.

Tompkins started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help cover the costs of recovery. So far, the family has raised over $14,000.

"I don’t know how I’m getting through it, but she has given me strength," Tompkins said. "It’s weird to say, but she uplifts me right now and she’s the one that can’t see. That’s just the kind of person she is."

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