Kaylee's Story

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Hi. This is Katy Tompkins, Kaylee Mutharts' mom. To all of you guys that have been there for Kaylee and our family, we truly and sincerely appreciate it! I am editing the initial post that was originally put on this back in February. For you guys that don't know about Kaylee, she was under the influence of methamphetamine and pulled her eyes out making her permanently blind. Kaylee is only 20 years old and had succumb to the evil of this drug. Although she had only been using it for a few months, it was dangerous enough for her that she had extreme hallucinations and thought in order to save the world, her eyes needed to come out. It's coming upon a year now and I wanted to write about some things in a brief description. All of the updates are still here so you can go back and read them. Our family has had a very hard year. Many ups and many downs. But I really want to say that my sweet Kaylee is taking this much better than I am. She may be able to get a service dog for free, after a lot of research and help from The South Carolina Commission For The Blind so that is wonderful. But I had no idea of how many expenses we would have. Her disability money just started a few months ago so me and my husband, along with the help of all of you guys, have been supporting her, as she is unable to work. It's a lot! The plan is her going to blind school evaluation in January to see how long she needs to be there. They will be driving her to be career motivated to go to college in order to support herself, which is the main goal! I, personally, didn't think it would take this long but The South Carolina Commission For The Blind is state governed and it's taking a lot more time. I just wanted to let you guys know a bit that we have learned and been through the past year, almost! We appreciate every single one of you and your kindness, thoughts and graciousness in helping us through this. If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me. Also, if it helps, please go back and read my updates. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and your kindness in this time of our lives!
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August 19, 2019
I wanted everyone to know how Kaylee has been. Since last update, she is even better! Progression!!! We both, together, have been getting better day by day! I am so so thankful these days have come, considering where we both have been. It's been a major struggle, but so worth it! Still on the list for Blind School so hoping that comes through really soon. Then she will be able to get some sort of job that allows her disability. That is what she is so much looking forward to! She wants to be as independent as possible! On the right path, doing right things, it's going to be wonderful! Thank all of you guys for being here so very long with your support and thoughts. It's been a journey, that's for absolute sure! Please continue to pray for us as we still need strength and hope moving forward!
From our hearts,
Kaylee and Katy
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August 6, 2019
I wanted to share a quick update. Kaylee and I have been doing the best we have! This is the first time since all this happened that I can say we are both doing just completely great! The best we can. Kaylee is FINALLY on the list for blind school. That, in and of itself, is amazing. So many opportunities will open up for her because the first thing she is planning on doing is finding a job that accepts her disability. She has always been a hard worker and she loves to stay busy! So I am extremely excited for her. I have been continuing my cardio rehab and it has been going really well! I have lost weight. I feel so much better and I have learned that I am in control, as much as I should be, of my health. With so much bad news, I thought I would share this great news with you guys. Also, we didn't have to hire an attorney. Things worked out. Thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, uplifting words of encouragement and just being there. It means so much to Kaylee and I!
From our hearts,
Kaylee and Katy
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July 24, 2019
First, we want to thank all of you guys for all of the support you have given to us! If not for your love, support and prayers...I don't know what we would have done. Kaylee and I are doing extremely well. I am still in my cardio rehab and Kaylee is still thriving. She has been setting goals and accomplishing them slowly. But surely. With that said....we have come upon a huge obstacle that was totally unforseen. Kaylee's 3 year old daughter has been staying with (what we thought was a family friend). As Kaylee has been adjusting to blindness and healing, she has been talking to her daughter as well as the woman that has been keeping her daughter. Kaylee calls her daughter every single night and has asked this woman if she ever needs anything for her daughter, to let us know. She has consistently said she didn't. Anyway, the plan was to very slowly implement Kaylee back into her daughter's life in order to cause the least amount of trauma to her daughter. If you didn't already know, the father had physical custody of her daughter when Kaylee came home from the hospital and had surgery and was required by The Commission For the Blind to go to rehab. Back in September of last year, the father dropped Kaylee's daughter off at this woman's house and just left her. Kaylee was unaware until she had already been left there. Meanwhile, we have had our struggles in between. Also, Kaylee had went to another rehab where she could keep her daughter with her. This woman brought Kaylee's daughter up there to see her and told Kaylee she would not let her stay there. (so many details, it's hard to write them all). Since the beginning of this year Kaylee has been doing absolutely wonderful. Her medication is working very well. She has had no desire to do anything but what is right. Then, I had a heart attack and got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. But, even so, I am doing good. Now, the other day, Kaylee got served with legal papers and has to go to court to fight to keep ANY custody of her daughter. This woman made Kaylee believe that they were going to slowly implement Kaylee back into her daughter's life to not affect her daughter in a negative way. According to this woman, she has been taking Kaylee's daughter to therapy. We have been told by this woman that Kaylee's daughter has bonded with her (this woman) and Kaylee has caused trauma to her daughter. I understand that the past things that have happened of course had an impact on her daughter... especially with Kaylee having no eyes. That does not change how much Kaylee loves her daughter. Kaylee has made very regretful mistakes and pays the price every single day. So, we have to go to court on August 6th because this woman filed for FULL ADOPTION of Kaylee's daughter and wants her birth certificate changed and will be telling Kaylee's daughter SHE is her birth mother. This came to us clear out of the blue because this woman (whom is 65 years old), made Kaylee think that they both were going to do what was best for Kaylee's daughter and Kaylee could get her indepence back and be an excellent mother to her daughter. Kaylee has expressed on many occasions how thankful to this woman she was for keeping her daughter safe. If it were my decision, her daughter would have been with me and Kaylee from the beginning. But the father had her and I was trying to give Kaylee time to heal. I have had many health issues, come to find out, even before Kaylee went blind. I evidently have had diabetes over 2 years and didn't even know. So, her daughter being with us was not possible. I am 57 years old and was in very poor health and knew I couldn't give her the proper care. Now, if Kaylee does not show up at this court date, with an attorney, her parental rights will be taken away and this woman will be given permission by the court to legally adopt Kaylee's daughter. Just to retain an attorney is $3000 for the first 24 hours. This woman has enough money to do all of this and our family does not. This woman has put Kaylee's daughter in an $8000 Catholic school. Kaylee is a Christian. Kaylee planned to raise her daughter to know Jesus died for all of our sins. But for the sake of her daughter, Kaylee has let this woman do what she has for the sake of her daughter. Trying her best to show that all she wants is to be a good mother and finally start living as a family with her daughter. Eventually, getting her own place with a good roommate and living with blindness to the best of her ability. So, this is where we are at. I call her "this woman" because it has become a legal matter so I cannot say any names. She "this woman" has the means to do this. We don't. To be honest, I've been in complete awe that someone can file court papers to legally adopt your child and you need thousands of dollars just to keep your child. It's not fair. Just because she has access to large amounts of money and we do not. Kaylee's daughter is all she has. She loves her and always has. This has us in an unbelievable whirlwind. We have to pay an attorney this $3000 or he said if we show up without an attorney, she will loose her parental rights...legally. I am just very upset to the fact that this woman made Kaylee believe she was going to work with her to get her daughter back. She has lied and betrayed Kaylee in the worst way. I do want to say that Kaylee and I have thanked her many many times for keeping her daughter, even though the father was the one that dropped her off there to begin with. We were grateful for the help she was giving. But all the while, she has been planning to do this. And to be quite up front, once I had a heart attack is when she started changing because she knew I couldn't fight as hard as I had been. Also, she doesn't want Kaylee's daughter to be raised by a blind mother. I'm just reaching out to let you guys know what has happened. We have been thrown back and all we know to do is pray and ask God.
Thank you for reading this and if even you just pray for us and God's will that's all we ask as this is going to be an extremely difficult thing to go through!
Always, from our hearts,
Kaylee and Katy
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Kaylee had it on her heart to personally thank everyone! We are so thankful for all of you guys. I am doing extremely well...I just wanted you guys to know all of your thoughts and prayers for me, personally...I am so thankful for. Sincerely from our hearts. Kaylee, Katy and our family!
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