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Meet Eve, A Juvenile Olive Ridley Turtle

Eve was found at Como Resort, entangled in a ghost net.

Intake Date: 26th December 2018
Length: 32,5 cm
Weight: 3,5 kg
Status: Current Patient

Eve has been adopted by Christine Kueper, Milena Braunwalder, Oriana Malaika Zweifel, Andrew Flanagan, Pavol Frankovic & Eva Demesova, for Millie by Sheena Petts, by Martin and Kristina Wardelmann, and by Mariah

Eve had lost her back flipper already and a front flipper was severely damaged from the ghost net, with two broken bones and deep cuts the whole way round. We are trying to save this flipper. She has had surgery and a splint whilst it initially heals.

Eve recovered from her surgery and is doing well. She is diving and has lost her buoyancy. She is also very active and is eating well. We kept a close eye on her wound from the surgery, changing her bandage every 2 days and keeping her on antibiotics to prevent infection.

When we first removed Eve’s bandage, she used her flipper a little. However, after a few days she stopped using it and is just holding it by her body. We repeated the X-ray which showed that her bones were healing and is looking much better than previous X-rays. Despite this she was not using the flipper.

We performed a second correction surgery in the hope we could give her some more function in this flipper. She healed successfully from the second surgery, however, she developed a condition called Osteomyelitis, or bone infection, in her shoulder joint. This is unfortunately a common complication from ghost net entanglement. Bacteria from the bloodstream seeds to a joint causing infection and bone loss in that area.

As soon as we discovered the bone infection on an x-ray, we started treatment. The infection can spread into the body, destroy the shoulder blade and eventually enter the spine causing paralysis and death.

We have been monitoring Eve closely and we are very pleased with her progress after a month of treatment. Her shoulder joint is looking much better and bone is regenerating. She has started moving her flipper for the first time and we are helping her along by treating her with physiotherapy. She remains on antibiotics for the time being.

We started physiotherapy to try and loosen her joint as there is a lot of scar tissue there. We got mixed and inconclusive results from culturing her joint; there was some fungal growth so she potentially has a mixed fungal and bacterial infection in her joint – which could prove difficult to treat.

Eve is now using her right front flipper. She is still having short physiotherapy sessions daily and is also receiving laser therapy to break down the scar tissue.  She is swimming quite well and is improving daily.