Woman Who Gouged Her Eyes Out While High On Crystal Meth Says She Needed To Do it To Get Off Drugs

The South Carolina woman who gouged her eyes out while in a crystal meth-induced psychotic state is speaking out on why she did it.

On February 6, Kaylee Muthart, 20, was found with her eyes ripped out of her head outside of outside of South Main Chapel and Mercy Center. She fought off help from the locals and had to be sedated by paramedics before she was flown to the Greenville Memorial Hospital trauma unit.

Doctors were unable to reattach her eyes and and was forced to tell Muthart’s mother, Katy Tompkins, her daughter had become completely blind.

After a month-long stay at the hospital and a psychiatric facility, Muthart was finally released on March 1, where she returned to her mother’s house. She said while it’s an adjustment to living without sight, it’s significantly better than living on drugs.

“It’s the same life, but I’m just learning everything in a new way,” Muthart told PEOPLE. “Life’s more beautiful now, life’s more beautiful than it was being on drugs. It is a horrible world to live in.”

Muthart said she started smoking pot when she was 18 years old, but because she suspected she was prone to addiction, she tried to stay away from hard drugs.

She said when she was 19, she was given marijuana that was laced with either cocaine or meth. Furious at the person she thought was her friend, she quit her job and to distance herself from negative influences.  

South Carolina Wants To Honor Black Confederate Soldiers But Experts Disagree

The Civil War is a tricky subject in any part of the United States of America, a reminder of state sovereignty and the capability of mankind to betray and fight against their own brothers and sisters. We are where we are today because of the sacrifices of subjects who fought against injustices and demanded a better future for their families.

No matter if you are from the North or South of the country, you’ll agree that there is no place where the war is as hotly debated as South Carolina. The state played a prominent role in the war for the Confederate army, and now, lawmakers want to honor some of the members who they say have gone unrecognized for too long.

State representatives Bill Chumley and Mike Burns have created legislation that would establish a monument to black soldiers who served in the Confederate Army. They both previously voted against removing the Confederate flag from the State House in 2015, until it was taken down after a white supremacist shot nine members of a Charleston church to death.

Their efforts are borne out of a desire to see the loyal contributions of soldiers recognized for their willingness to lay down their lives in support of the Confederacy.

“While there is representation of those African-Americans from South Carolina who took up arms for the Union, there is nothing to show the contributions, sacrifices and honor of their Confederate counterparts,” the bill states.

However, many individuals have stepped up to criticize this move. In particular is Walter Edgar, who served as director of the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Southern Studies for 32 years, and has even authored a book on the history of the state.

“In all my years of research, I can say I have seen no documentation of black South Carolina soldiers fighting for the Confederacy,” he says. “In fact, when secession came, the state turned down free (blacks) who wanted to volunteer because they didn’t want armed persons of color.”

The facts seem to support this claim. Records from the South Carolina Department of History and Archives offer no evidence that any African-Americans ever received payment for fighting on the Confederate side.

But what it does mention is a relatively unknown tidbit that Chumley and Burns intend to utilize in order to pass their legislation.

Clerk Tells Woman She Won The Lottery, But She’s Not Allowed To Collect Her Prize

Can you imagine winning the lottery right before Christmas? The financial security would make it the best celebration of all, and you could start to plan out your future. We all think about what we’d do if we hit he jackpot, but few of us will ever experience that rush.

For some extremely unlucky people in South Carolina, they both won and lost the lottery within minutes, and they’re not happy about it.

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Nicole Coggins told local news what ran through her mind when she learned she and her mother-in-law won almost $18,000.

“I had been promising [my kids] for years [to take them to Disney World] and I thought I would finally get to, and now I can’t,” Coggins said.  “I don’t play the lottery that much. Every once in a while, I’ll buy a Powerball ticket, but something told me to buy a lottery ticket. I was having a good day and I wanted to try it.”

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Coggins won $500 on her first ticket, so she bought another one to test her luck.

“And it was another winner and another winner,” Coggins recalled. “So I thought, ‘Well, maybe there is something wrong with their machine. This can’t be real.'”

The mom said her tickets were scanned, she was informed she won, but then almost immediately the cashier said she couldn’t cash in, because the transaction wasn’t valid.

Coggins isn’t the only one who was told this, either. So what went wrong?

An Embarrassing Viral Video Almost Took The Life Of A Miss USA Contestant

From the moment Caitlin Upton started her now-infamous answer at the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant, it was destined to become a viral video.

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With host Mario Lopez holding the microphone for her, Upton was asked a seemingly easy question by Friday Night Lights actress Aimee Teegarden: what were her thoughts on the statistic that one in five Americans can’t locate their own country on a map? What followed was a rambling, confused answer that mentioned people who don’t own maps, Iraq, South Africa, and why America needs to prepare children for the future.

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Like other viral videos, Upton’s answer was featured on news broadcasts around the world, parodied, shared endlessly, and watched over and over. At the time, it seemed like a bit of harmless fun. But years later, Upton has revealed the harmful impact the video had on her life.

Doing the talk show circuit after her gaffe became a hit on YouTube, Upton said that she was simply overwhelmed by the excitement of the pageant, and didn’t understand the question when it was asked. When the Today show gave her a chance to give another response, she did a much better job:

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Well personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. And if the statistics are correct, I believe that there should be more emphasis on geography in our education so people will learn how to read maps better.

But that wasn’t enough for some people, and Upton reveals that over the years she’s been the target of some vicious bullying, both online and in real life…