COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A young woman went blind in one eye within 24 hours after catching a flesh-eating bacteria during a mud run in Dallas this month.READ MORE: Laredo Border Patrol Officers Seize Methamphetamine Worth More Than Half A Million Dollars
“My eye started hurting, like maybe I’ve got mud or some debris in there,” said Brittany Williams, who finished her first mud run two weeks ago. “When I opened my eye, it was just like white. The whole room was white.”
Williams said the debris cut her eye, allowing flesh-eating bacteria to destroy her cornea. “It just completely melted off of my eye.”
A mother with two jobs, Williams spent a week in the hospital. Her medical bills are $100,000 and she doesn’t have health insurance.
“I’ve had health insurance before and I never used it. I never went to the doctor and I just spent lots of money for nothing. So I didn’t see the point at the time when we couldn’t afford it,” said Williams.Gardening 101: Seed Bombs
“You don’t think you’re going to go to the doctor and someone’s gonna say you owe $3,000 for eye drops,” said Williams, who compared her experience to a horror movie.
Despite her painful, gruesome ordeal, Williams has remained optimistic.
“Even though people go through horrible things, I make the best of it. Because there’s no point in sitting and sulking, because it’s just going to make the rest of my days miserable,” she said.
There’s a chance Williams’ will eventually regain her vision with surgery. Several local doctors however have denied her treatment since she lacks insurance.
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