Tilly “Santo”

Date Stranded: April 19, 2019

Reason for Stranding

Boat Strike

Patient History

A local resident spotted Tilly struggling to dive in the bay.

March 2020- *continuing to get the same treatment as last month* No longer receiving any medications or medical treatments. Each week, Tilly gets a physical exam and an updated weight. Tilly will be ready for release soon!

Feb 2020- No longer receiving any medications or medical treatments. Each week, Tilly gets a physical exam and an updated weight. Tilly will be ready for release in March!

Jan 2020- Tilly underwent FP tumor removal surgery in July 2019. The surgery went well and the turtle is now tumor-free! Tilly received a CT scan in July 2019 from our friends at Texas Healthcare Imaging in Weslaco, TX. The scan showed no evidence of internal tumors and it gave us a better idea of how the boat strike affected the internal organs.

Patient Injuries

Tilly has three separate boat propeller strikes extending from her head to the middle of her shell. The injuries appear older as dead bone and necrotic tissue were present on arrival. Our rehab staff removed the dead tissue and bone and the wound is undergoing treatment using cold-laser therapy, which promotes cell growth and helps wounds heal faster. Tilly also has fibropapillomatosis virus. This virus causes tumors to grow. In the future, Tilly will be taken in for surgery to have the tumors removed

Patient Treatments

N/A

Reason for Stranding: Boat Strike

Physical Injuries: Tilly has three separate boat propeller strikes extending from her head to the middle of her shell. The injuries appear older as dead bone and necrotic tissue were present on arrival. Our rehab staff removed the dead tissue and bone and the wound is undergoing treatment using cold-laser therapy, which promotes cell growth and helps wounds heal faster. Tilly also has fibropapillomatosis virus. This virus causes tumors to grow. In the future, Tilly will be taken in for surgery to have the tumors removed.

Ways to help Tilly “Santo”'s Recovery

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