Nafas, a one year old white and black cat, was rescued from the streets of Tehran, Iran by animal lover Yasie Saadat. Stray animals of Iran lead a harrowing life and Nafas was no different. Found huddled under a car and riddled with infection, an Iranian veterinarian had to surgically remove Nafas' nose and upper lip in order to save his life. X-rays revealed he had been living on pebbles and sticks, trying to survive.
Nafas was left with his naval cavity exposed, making it difficult for him to breathe and eat. Saadat brought the cat to the U.S. and to Dr. Mike Pavletic. Dr. Pavletic is head of the surgery department of the MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center, located in Boston, Mass. and no stranger to reconstructive surgery.
After three hours of intense surgery, Dr. Pavletic was stated as saying “Nafas was a particularly difficult case given how little tissue there was to work with. Ultimately we were able to build a new nose and upper lip using a technique I developed several years ago to use unaffected facial tissue to perform the reconstruction.”
Dr. Pavletic went on to say “I’m very pleased with the outcome and am confident Nafas will enjoy a long and healthy life. He certainly deserves that after all he’s undergone.”
Nafas is currently in foster care and up for adoption. As he is healing, he is awaiting his forever home. Please visit his Facebook page, Nafas, for more information. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out his adoption form or email email@example.com.