BWhite(web)

Lojo

Species: Green Sea Turtle
(Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: March 13, 2016
Stranding Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida

Initial Weight
: 9.02 lbs.
Current Weight: 9.3 lbs.

Issue: Fishing hook/Injury
Current Condition: Improving

ADMISSION NOTE:

Lojo was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant intake canal. There was a fishing hook through the left upper eyelid that did not puncture the eye. The hook was removed upon arrival. There is a fracture on the left side of the plastron that may have occurred when the turtle was caught on the fishing line.  The plastron wound is being treated and closed using a wound-vacuum system. Lojo is being dry-docked while on the wound-vac but is placed into the hospital tank with water to eat every day.

PROGRESS KEY:

Sea_turtle_icon(green) This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.

Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.

Sea_turtle_icon(red)More details to follow.

PROGRESS NOTES:

8/16/2016: Sea_turtle_icon(green)Lojo was released from Hobe Sound Beach.

8/11/2016: Sea_turtle_icon(green)

8/07/2016: Lojo is off of all medication and will be considered for release in the near future.

7/07/2016: Lojo has been taken off all but one medication. Bloodwork appears to be improving. We are hopeful the positive trend will continue. The turtle will receive a PIT tag in the next few days.

6/08/2016: Lojo’s white cell count has increased again. The treatment plan has been modified. Laser therapy has been discontinued as the wounds have healed.

5/19/2016: The white cell count has returned to normal. Antibiotics and laser therapy are being continued.

4/28/2016: The VAC therapy has sealed the plastron fracture, and the VAC has been discontinued. The wound continues to heal very well. Therapeutic laser treatment is being used on this injury. The turtle is running an elevated white cell count. Antibiotics are being administered to help resolve the issue.

4/2/2016: Lojo was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant intake canal. There was a fishing hook through the left upper eyelid that did not puncture the eye. The hook was removed upon arrival. There is a fracture on the left side of the plastron that may have occurred when the turtle was caught on the fishing line.  The plastron wound is being treated and closed using a wound-vacuum system. Lojo is being dry-docked while on the wound-vac but is placed into the hospital tank with water to eat every day.

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