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Woman Found Wandering Near Church After Ripping Out Her Own Eye

A gruesome scene unfolded in front of a church in South Carolina on Tuesday morning. When one woman called 911 to report the scene, it was so shocking that the operator sounded skeptical of the call.

A young woman was found outside the church and was gouging out her own eye with her hands. Horrified onlookers could do nothing as she then ripped out her other eye.

Elizabeth Hiott was working inside of the S. Main Chapel and Mercy Center when she heard a commotion outside. Someone was screaming. When Hiott rushed to help she wasn't prepared for what she would see.

There was a young woman, who looked to be in her late teens or early twenties, kneeling by the railroad tracks. The woman was holding her own eyeball, which she had just torn out of the socket.

“It was across the street, and I could see blood, and could hear her screaming, and I realized something was wrong. Something was terribly wrong,” Hiott said to WYFF. “I immediately called 911 and it almost felt like the 911 dispatcher didn’t even believe me.”

Rev. Terry Mitchell, a retired minister, also came out as a small crowd gathered around the screaming woman. People were trying to help the girl, but she refused to let anyone near her and would fight them off. She then ripped out her other eye with her own hands.

Emergency services showed up, finding the woman with her eyeballs in her hands. She was put on a stretcher. A helicopter air-lifted the woman to a hospital.

According to reports, the victim is 19-years-old, though her identity is being protected.  Hiott said she didn't know the woman's name. She'd seen her at the church before, but the young lady wasn't a regular.

Members of the church were shaken, especially those who were on the scene witnessing the event. After news of the incident was reported.

"We are certainly traumatized by this tragic event," said Lee Harris, a member of the church. "We are a strong community and we will continue to help."

Hoitt expects the church members will heal as well. “Prayer and community and family is what’s going to get us through this,” she said.

According to the sheriff's office, no charges will be filed. The wounds were self-inflicted, and the woman didn't commit any crimes or hurt anyone else.

Source: The Huffington Post, WLTX
Photo: The Huffington Post

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