Species: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: February 10, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 68.6 lbs.
Current Weight: 84.8 lbs.
Issue: Chronic Debilitated
Vitti is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found in FPL's St. Lucie site 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.
08/01/2019 - Vitti was released from Loggerhead Park on August 1.
07/26/2019 - Vitti’s white cell count is normal since being taken off all medications.
07/18/2019 - Vitti’s white cell count is remaining normal, so it has been taken off all medications.
07/11/2019 - Vitti’s white cell count is down to normal.
07/04/2019 - Vitti’s white cell count is coming down this week.
06/27/2019 - Vitti’s white cell count continues to be variable.
06/20/2019 - Vitti’s white cell count is coming down with the new treatment.
06/13/2019 - Vitti’s white cell count is up slightly, so an additional antibiotic has been added.
06/06/2019 - Radiographs this week revealed an area of infection in one lung and treatment for that infection has been initiated.
05/30/2019 - Vitti’s only remaining issue is anemia and that is close to being resolved.
05/23/2019 - Vitti’s eyes now appear to be completely healed with minimal scarring.
05/16/2019 - Vitti's white cell count remains normal.
05/09/2019 - Vitti is doing very well and has been moved into a deeper tank.
05/05/2019 - Vitti's white cell count is now normal and the eyes are almost completely healed.
04/25/2019 -Vitti's treatment regimen has been changed, but the turtle is now eating on its own off the bottom of the tank and has begun to gain weight.
04/17/2019 -Vitti is continuing to eat better and is now gaining weight.
04/11/2019 -Vitti is finally beginning to eat food off the bottom of its tank because of improved eyesight. We have begun treatment for intestinal parasites.
04/04/2019 - Vitti's eyes continue to improve.
03/27/2019 - Vitti is opening the eyes more and is eating much more aggressively.
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