Aislinn the Orphaned Kitten
I met Aislinn when she was five weeks old - a client from my workplace brought her in after finding her, and the sight was enough to break your heart. She was malnourished and her eyes were sealed shut from infection. She was screaming so loudly I could hear her from across the building. Me being a total sap, I volunteered to foster her.
Immediately when she got home, she wanted to play despite being almost blind (that should have been my first clue that she was going to be trouble).
I administered antibiotics and fed her every four hours around the clock for a good week and a half. When the eye infection cleared up, another problem was revealed: both her eyes had been injured somehow, and a corneal ulcer clouded most of her right eye.
The ulcer ruptured shortly afterward, and the eye had to be removed. I was a nervous wreck during the surgery because she was barely three pounds, but she got through it perfectly and I brought her home the same day.
She's around nine months old now and has no idea she's missing an eye. Her remaining eye still has some scar tissue, which is what the little cloudy spot is over her pupil, but her vision seems to be very good.
She's at full tilt all the time, with a strong inclination toward mischief. It's like she's plugged into a battery that never wears out. She's constantly in some kind of trouble - playing in the bathroom sink, burrowing in boxes of holiday decorations, knocking jewelry off my dresser and strewing it all over the bedroom... there's never a dull moment.
I've fostered a lot of cats, but I've never met one with a stronger will to live. It's just in her nature to be happy, no matter what life throws at her.
And yes, she's become a permanent member of my clan. ;)