The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.



Arrival Date: March 20, 2024

Patient Profile

Name: Roseleigh

Species: Green Sea Turtle

Weight: 12 pounds

Reason for visit: Fibropapillomatosis (FP) and Entanglement

Location Found: Islamorada Key, FL

Status Report

03/20/24: while out enjoying a day of paddleboarding local Islamorada Key resident found Roseleigh entangled in a fishing line around her neck struggling to swim. Roseleigh arrived at our facility lethargic and sick with Fibropapillomatosis (FP). Rehab staff quickly removed the line around her neck and got to work to begin intake diagnostics and creating a care plan to help get Roseleigh on the road to recovery. Stay tuned for further updates on Roseleigh’s journey.

3/26/24: Roseleigh is adjusting well to her hospital tank and is even eating better during feeding times. Rehab staff report she is a wonderful patient during her wound care exams and sits well as the rehab staff apply topical medications to help soothe the injured areas. Dr. Norton, our resident veterinarian, has requested Roseleigh receive a CT scan to assist in understanding the extent of her Fibropapillomatosis (FP) tumors. This diagnostic will help Dr. Norton understand how much of her soft tissue both internal and external is affected. In the meantime, Roseleigh will continue to receive wound care and additional support to prepare her for the road to come in becoming tumor free.

04/03/24: Dr. Norton has approved Roseleigh for Fibropapillomatosis (FP) tumor removal surgery. Due to the extent of her tumors, this surgery is scheduled for mid May to help Roseleigh continue to build up strength to tackle this procedure. Rehab staff will continue to monitor her status with daily bloodwork, medications to keep her comfortable, and a nutritious diet to keep her immune system strong. Keep up the hard work Roseleigh, you’re doing great!

05/16/24: Roseleigh appetite has increased drastically allowing her to gain some much needed weight in the past weeks. Today Roseleigh will undergo her first Fibropapillomatosis (FP) surgery for the removal of some of the larger tumors located on her neck and under flipper space (under arm in humans). By removing these larger and cumbersome masses, Roseleigh will soon be able to rest more comfortably. Rehab staff will stay by her side through the procedure and continue to monitor her after as well. See you in recovery Roseleigh!

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