Woman Goes Blind For Three Weeks Following Agonising Botched Eye Tattoo
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Amber Luke, from Central Coast, New South Wales, has spent almost £14,000 ($18,084) on body modifications, including 200 tattoos, a boob job, and lip and cheek fillers. She's also had her tongue split, her earlobes stretched and ear spike implants inserted.
However, none of these procedures were nearly as painful as her botched eye tats, which left her unable to see for almost a month.
The 24-year-old said: "I can't even begin to describe to you what the feeling was like.
"The best thing I can give you is once the eyeball was penetrated with the ink, it felt like (the tattoo artist) grabbed 10 shards of glass and rubbed it in my eye.
"That happened four times per eye, that was pretty brutal. Unfortunately, my artist went too deep into my eyeball.
"If your eyeball procedure is done correctly, you're not supposed to go blind at all. I was blind for three weeks. That was pretty brutal."
But it wasn't just Ms Luke who suffered as a result of the eye tattoos - her mum Vikki was devastated by it too.
She said: "What do I think of my daughter's blue tattooed eyes - where do I start? I cried, I said a few choice words as anyone would, 'What the hell are you thinking of? Why would you do that to yourself, knowing that there is a danger to it?'
"As we know as parents, some kids will just do what they wanna do, regardless of what we say. But I brought her into the world with the best skills that I could give, the best that I could give her. It's just for me to be there, and go along the journey with her, and proper her up and love her."
Ms Luke was diagnosed with clinical depression when she was 15, and while her body modifications have also caused a lot of pain, her mum said her confidence has improved since she was a teenager.
She explained: "She never saw herself as being beautiful, she didn't see herself through my eyes. A lot of people go through things in life but for me it's about coming out the other side and being able to be your true self.
"I've supported her because I could actually see the transition, the growth, and how it's made her come to who she is today."