magine seeing a disfigured kitten on the side of the road - would you help it or keep walking by?
For this 7-year-old girl in Istanbul, Turkey, she saw no other way but to help the tiny creature who was left alone to die.
Locals were even frightened by the cat’s face, deeming it “too ugly”.
The young girl and her father brought the cat to a nearby vet, Ivan 'Viktor' Larkhill, who specialized in "extreme animal rescuing".
And it turns out, this little fellow got herself into a most extreme situation.
Viktor discovered that the reason the cat had become so disfigured was because maggots had taken over its body.
He gave the kitty medicine and facial reconstruction surgery, and it was soon on the mend.
They even named her Gülümser, which means "she who always smiles."
In his Facebook post, Vikor notes that not only is Gülümser happy and healthy again, she’s found a loving home in The Netherlands.
But the road to recovery was a long one for Gülümser.
And you won’t believe how good she looks today!