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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, by Mariah, and for Nikoleta by Laura.

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.

20 July 2019
Eve is still receiving short physiotherapy sessions daily and laser.  She is swimming quite well and is improving, but a little more slowly this week. She had her x-ray this week and the bones were clear of infection – which is great news! She just needs more time, muscle strengthening and laser to try and improve her scar tissue tightness.

27 July 2019
this week Eve is having time in the large tank to encourage her to use her right flipper. She is confident at diving and her appetite is great.

3 August 2019
Eve is still having her laser and physiotherapy. She has been using her flipper a little more this week. 

10 August 2019
Eve has made a few fans this week. The guests like watching her physio sessions. She is continuing to have massage and muscle strengthening exercises and is using her flipper on and off.   

17 August 2019
Eve has been having her physio this week and uses her right flipper off and on. She had some time in the large tank as it filled. We are still monitoring her use of the flipper and are encouraging her to use it as much as we can.

26 August 2019
Eve had a setback and stopped using her right flipper again. We took some more x-rays and discovered a small bone infection, so she has had pain relief and has been started on a course of antibiotics. She is not having physio at this time but she is still having laser therapy.

2 September 2019
Eve is continuing with her laser therapy. She is more comfortable with her right flipper as it is no longer tucked up by her side, but she is choosing not to use it. She is continuing on her course of antibiotics and is being monitored closely.

11 September 2019
Eve had laser and acupuncture this week. She has been using her right flipper better, which is good news. She is due for another x-ray soon and will continue with antibiotics at this time.