Thanks to their incredible agility and almost superhero-like skill at escaping danger unscathed, cats are usually pretty resilient. After all, they have nine lives, right? Well, one Turkish kitty probably wasn’t feeling so lucky when he became severely injured in a freak accident.
Like many establishments, Özel Akgün Tem Hospital, a large private hospital in Istanbul, has a revolving door. For the most part, of course, people pass in and out of the door without paying it much attention. However, in October 2016, the door became the scene of a major accident.
Fortunately for us, a video camera captured the tragic scene in its entirety. The video starts normally, but as a man goes to exit the revolving door, something terrible happens. Yes, in possibly the most ill-timed movement ever, a cat decides to try and enter the hospital through the revolving door at the exact same time.
So, completely unaware of the feline’s presence, the man proceeds to exit. However, the cat’s timing was way off and actually stops the door from spinning with his body. At first, though, the suited man doesn’t see what’s blocking the door.
However, with his little body straddling the threshold of the hospital, and his neck on the other side of the door, the cat is completely stuck. In the distressing CCTV footage, the man that tried to exit the building rushes to the animal’s help. A small group of onlookers also gather as the guy tries to work out how to free the poor puss.
Eventually, then, it took quite the teamwork to free the feline. But by that time the door had already done its damage. In fact, the cat was struggling to breathe and was clearly in agony. Nevertheless, one of the men who came to help free the cat was a doctor, and he was unwilling to give up on the little animal.
Of course, emergency specialist Halil Akyürek was more accustomed to treating patients with two legs rather than four. Regardless, he jumped into action anyway. In fact, once he saw the problem, it seemed that he would do anything he could to help the fluffy white cat. Thankfully, the kitty was in amazing hands.
First, though, there was the issue of getting the cat out from it’s jam. “The cat’s neck was totally stuck. It started having trouble breathing and floundering. I put my [hand] on the back of his head and properly removed it from the door,” Akyürek said later.
Once free, though, the cat needed immediate resuscitation if it was going to survive. “We started applying cardiac massage right away, and other friends from the hospital also came by,” Akyürek said. After giving the doctors quite the scare, then, the cat finally opened its mouth and gasped for air.
With this positive development, Akyürek and his team now had high hopes that the cat would survive. “As the cat responded, we stopped the cardiac massage and took the cat to the emergency service. Then I called a veterinary friend, who told us to administer a couple of medicines and instructed us on how to apply them,” Akyürek explained.
Thankfully, the cat began to make a good recovery. Further video footage showed the kitty wolfing down some food not long after its horrific ordeal. And despite the cat coming back from the brink of death, hospital staff discharged the feline within a matter of hours.
However, there was still one slight problem. Being a stray, the little white moggie had no place to call home. That meant no one to look after it or even cuddle the kitty while it recovered from its traumatic trip to the hospital.
But, once again, Akyürek came to the rescue. Having fallen in love with the little fur-ball, the heroic doctor decided to adopt it. And for this lucky animal, Akyürek decided there was only one name suitable for his new four-legged friend.
Akyürek named the cute cat Mucize, which in English translates to “miracle.” And it appears that the animal is as lucky as ever. In fact, social media updates of Mucize’s new life show him looking content as he curls up for cuddles with his new human friend.
“We sent the cat home that day, and I took it to the veterinary the next day. It was issued an identity card, and we named it Mucize. It [has] now became the part of our lives. Even this morning it came and woke me up,” Akyürek told the Turkish news outlet Daily Sabah.
The fact that Mucize found a home out of his ordeal is even more amazing when you think about the amount of street cats in Istanbul. After all, the city is thought to have an estimated 250,000 stray cats and dogs, although many suspect the actual figure is much higher. In fact, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Veterinary Services Directorate puts the number of homeless cats alone at more than 700,000.
However, while you might expect the Turkish people to be disdainful of their furry residents, they are actually quite fond of the stray cats. In fact, people have even described the creatures as an “icon” of Istanbul. Moreover, the felines are generally friendly, and the city’s residents look after them.
So it should come as no surprise that Mucize’s story captured the hearts of the nation. Yes, people have viewed a Facebook video that the hospital posted of the cat’s resuscitation over 200,000 times. Some have even described Akyürek as an “angel,” thanks to his good deed.
Meanwhile, people have liked a recent image of Mucize and Akyürek over 400 times. One kind commenter described the scene of the pair enjoying a cuddle as a “picture of happiness and humanity.” Responding to the many glowing comments, modest Akyürek simply wrote, “Thank you so much [for] that you’re very kind.”
Mucize’s story is a prime example of being in the right place at the right time. After all, if the revolving door he’d gotten caught in hadn’t been that of a hospital, who knows if he’d be around today? Luckily for him, though, he’s now able to live out the rest of his eight lives with his hero Akyürek at his side.