Patient_Forest

Forest

Species: Green Sea Turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Stranding Date
: May 6, 2015
Stranding Location: Hobe Sound, Florida

Initial Weight
: 27.9 lbs.
Current Weight: 30.5 lbs.

Injury: Multiple
Condition: Released

ADMISSION NOTE:

Forest is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found floating in the Indian River near Hobe Sound Beach. This turtle is chronic debilitated and has a caraoace wound that is healing from a previous boat collision. Radiographs (x-rays) revealed that Forest also has a small fishing hook and possibly fishing line in the esophagus. Forest is being treated with antibiotics, iron supplements and fluids. Forest has been eating well. After observation and careful consideration, it will be determined how and when the hook will be removed.

PROGRESS NOTES:

3/3/2016 – Forest was released from Coral Cove Park in Tequesta on March 3. View photos from the release here >>

2/24/2016 – Forest’s bloodwork has been within normal limits and all medications were stopped on February 16.

2/1/2016 – We have reduced the topical treatments to the neck and Forest continues to do very well.

1/8/2016 – The new antibiotic regimen appears to be working. The neck is continuing to heal well.

12/17/2015 – Forest’s antibiotics have been changed. The new antibiotics have been successful in lowering the white cell count. The wound on the neck has greatly improved and is almost healed. 

11/30/2015 – Forest’s neck continues to heal.  White cell count has increased somewhat and is being monitored closely.

11/9/2015 – Forest’s neck continues to heal and the turtle continues to do well overall.

10/26/2015 – Forest’s neck is healing well. We will continue to treat this open wound daily with topical medications. The turtle was moved into a deeper water tank on October 21st and is doing well.

10/8/2015 – An abscess developed on the back of the neck that was surgically removed.  The wound will now be treated as an open wound until it has healed.

9/7/2015 – The wound behind the head has completely healed. The white cell count has increased. The treatment plan has been modified accordingly.

8/7/2015 – Forest developed a large mass just behind the head. The mass was surgically removed and the wound is healing well. Forest has continued to eat well through this process.

7/6/2015 –  Forest is eating well and is continuing to improve.

6/15/2015 – The fishing hook was removed from Forest’s esophagus last week.  Treatment continues as before except that a new antibiotic has been added to the regimen.

5/27/2015 – The fishing hook remains in the same location as it was when it was admitted into the hospital. The turtle is now able to rest comfortably on the bottom of the tank. This turtle is eating very well.

5/15/2015 – Forest is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found floating in the Indian River near Hobe Sound Beach. This turtle is chronic debilitated and has a caraoace wound that is healing from a previous boat collision. Radiographs (x-rays) revealed that Forest also has a small fishing hook and possibly fishing line in the esophagus. Forest is being treated with antibiotics, iron supplements and fluids. Forest has been eating well. After observation and careful consideration, it will be determined how and when the hook will be removed.

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