The mother of a 20-year-old woman who was found gouging out her own eyes while outside of a church is speaking out about how her daughter is recovering — and warning others about the dangers of illegal drugs.
Kaylee Muthart frightened local residents in Anderson, South Carolina, when they found her gouging out both of her eyes with her own hands while in a drug-induced hallucination on February 6. In her delirium, the young woman fought off help from locals who tried to stop her. It eventually took a team of deputies to control Kaylee long enough to render aid before she was placed on a stretcher and flown to the trauma unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital, where doctors worked to clean what was left inside her orbital sockets to prevent infection. Once Kaylee’s mother arrived, doctors broke the news that her daughter was completely blind.
“That was a struggle, I can’t even explain that feeling when I found out, it was horrifying. Complete terror,” Katy Tompkins—mother to Kaylee and six other children—tells PEOPLE. “I was thankful she was alive, but I knew something was wrong with her.”