In the aftermath, Tursini continued to try to find her pet, calling out her name. As rescue efforts got underway, she pleaded with firefighters to scour the ruins of her home for Gioia. Still, as the days passed, hope of finding anyone alive faded fast.
"I beg you, find my cat, she's all I have left," she told rescue workers, Il Centro reports. "My house is gone, I've lost everything."
On Monday, nearly six days after the quake struck, the incredible happened - crews clearing the rubble found Gioia alive.