Claire Willis had to have her eye amputated after she popped her cornea while drying her face with a towel.
The 45-year-old, who was on holiday in Turkey at the time, felt a "pop" and rushed to the mirror fearing her eyeball had actually fallen out the socket.
Everything was blurry and Claire rushed to the hospital where medics told her she's perforated her cornea and told her to fly straight home.
She spent nine days in hospital and doctors were then forced to remove her right eye after an infection set in.
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Claire and her husband Tim, 52, have been to Turkey every year for the past 15 years.
It was the first day of their annual break in July when tragedy struck after Claire showered in their hotel room in preparation of going to meet friends.
The Stoke-on-Trent mum said: "I was drying myself in the bathroom when I just felt this pop in my eye, followed by extreme blurry vision and an excruciating amount of pain."
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She continued: "I thought my eyeball had actually popped out of my socket, that's how painful it was. I raced to the mirror and I couldn't see any blood or anything – it just looked red and sore and everything was blurry.
"Tim rushed me to a local hospital and a doctor told me that I had perforated my cornea and that I needed to go back to the UK.
"I was devastated, and I just couldn't understand how my life had come to this or where to go from here."
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The mum was advised to return to the UK immediately for medical attention and within hours, she was on a flight home with a huge bandage over her eye.
After getting the flight, Claire went straight to Royal Stoke University Hospital where doctors were shocked to see how infected her eye had become.
She spent the next nine days in hospital as doctors tried to fight the infection, but it was no use and so they suggested amputation.
Claire explained: "I felt so isolated in the hospital, and when they suggested amputation, I was totally against the idea.
"My dad ended up convincing me to have the eyeball amputated, and although I was devastated at the idea, I was in so much pain that I knew it needed to be done."
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Following the surgery which was a success, Claire was allowed to return home just one day after the procedure.
She had to keep the bandages on for another week and it wasn't until eight days following the removal that the mum was able to look in the mirror.
Claire recalled: "After the bandages came off, I had to cope with how I looked and the reality hit me. I looked like an extra from The Walking Dead, and I even left my cleaning job at a school because of how it looked – I didn't want to scare the kiddies.
"I was having anxiety issues in public, which really isn't like me. I had to learn alone how to cope with a half amputated eye – it was sticky on the lids and I was scared to clean it in case I knocked the cosmetic shell out. I never hid my eye though. I didn't wear sunglasses."
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The mum plans to keep her bandages on until her surgery wound recovers more. She hopes to keep her spirits up by booking another holiday in the near future.
Claire added: "My eye isn't ready yet to have a prosthetic fitted, so I just have to wait and stay looking like this until my socket has recovered enough, but I don't know when that will be.
"It was just yet another thing to go wrong, but I'm trying to stay positive and we're looking for another holiday deal before the year is over."
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