When you sign a waiver form, are you really understanding all the risks? From our friends at Women's Health, see how Brittany Williams's mud run caused much more damage than she ever imagined. Both sad and terrifying, it is a reminder that not everything goes as planned — even if you think you know what you signed up for.
When you register for a race, you sign a waiver for a reason: with fitness achievements come risks. That's obviously more so the case for some races than others, though, and mud runs are definitely up there in the danger department.
We've reported on the perils of mud runs before—from fever and diarrhea to burns to paralysis. Now, unfortunately, another hazard has been added to the list: a young mom says that bacteria from a mud run left her blind in one eye.
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Brittany Williams participated in a mud run in Texas with her fiancé earlier this month. Afterward, she started experiencing severe pain in her left eye, as well as vision loss, according to a GoFundMe page that has since been set up for her.
"My eye started hurting, like maybe I've got mud or some debris in there," she told CBS DFW. "When I opened my eye, it was just like white. The whole room was white."
According to her GoFundMe page, she learned from a visit to the emergency room that she had "several abrasions on her cornea and what looked like a chemical burn—that she had a very slim chance of ever seeing out of that eye again." She's since spent a week in the hospital and racked up $100,000 in medical bills, reports CBS DFW. (She has two jobs but opted out of health insurance.)
Watch Brittany further explain her injury—and see it for yourself—in CBS DFW's video below. Warning: it's pretty gruesome.
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Still interested in giving a mud run a go? Make sure you know these facts and bring along these essentials first.