Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: February 10, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 68.6 lbs.
Current Weight: 68.6 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitated
Current Condition: New patient
Vitti is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The patient's bloodwork on arrival indicated anemia and hypoglycemia. Vitti is underweight, lethargic and is in poor health due to chronic debilitation. Vitti is receiving parenteral nutrition, antibiotics and iron to treat its chronic debilitation. Hospital staff will closely monitor the turtle with routine bloodwork as its being treated.
This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.
There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.
More details to follow.
03/20/2019 -Vitti's eye infection is finally responding to treatment.
03/13/2019 - Vitti's white cell count is now normal and the bone marrow has begun producing red blood cells in large numbers.
03/06/2019 - Vitti has a severe eye infection in both eyes, but it is being treated.
02/27/2019 - Vitti is no longer passing shells and is eating fairly well.
02/20/2019 - Vitti has begun passing lots of shells and the appetite is very good. The turtle continues on parenteral nutrition.
02/10/2019 - New patient