The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.



Arrival Date: January 23,2024

Patient Profile

Name: Napoleon

Species: Green Sea Turtle

Weight: 15 pounds

Reason for visit: Fibropapillomatosis (FP)

Location Found: Transfer patient found on Vilano Beach, from Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, St. Augustine, FL

Status Report

01/23/24: Napoleon was found washed ashore on Vilano Beach by a good samaritain. With Fibropapillomatosis (FP) tumors covering Napoleon’s eyes, he was rescued by the team members of the Whitney Laboratory of Marina Bioscience in St. Augustine, Florida on January 1st. Their team was quick to perform initial diagnostics to understand Napoleon’s status and started him on supportive measures of intravenous fluids, medications, and a clean comfortable hospital tank with food to help him rest. Napoleon was set to continue his care at The Turtle Hospital, but stayed with the Whitney Laboratory rescue team till he was stable for transport to the Florida Keys. The Turtle Hospital rehab team took over care on Napoleon on January 23rd, continuing with supportive treatment and diagnostics to monitor his health. 

03/06/24: Napoleon has spent the last month building up strength, and is now ready for his first Fibropapillomatosis (FP) tumor removal surgery. Dr. Norton, our resident veterinarian, plans to focus on removing the masses located near the rear flippers. Rehab staff will be monitoring Napoleon closely throughout the procedure ready to assist in anything he needs. Good luck today Napoleon, see you in recovery!

05/20/24: Napoleon has had a busy month so far, undergoing two surgeries for the removal of the Fibropapillomatosis (FP) tumors found throughout his body. Dr. Norton removed masses located under his neck, abdomen, right shoulder, and smaller ones tucked away under his flippers. Rehab staff report he has been an amazing patient as he endures these procedures. Receiving lots of love, support and of course yummy snacks after each procedure. Treatment for Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is a long road, and The Turtle Hospital team ensures all our patients get nothing but the best as they work to become tumor free and back in the ocean someday. Keep up the hard work Napoleon, we are so proud of how far you have come.

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