Stormtrooper is a juvenile green sea turtle who arrived with a severe boat strike injury to their carapace. Stormtrooper underwent wound VAC therapy, in which a device decreases air pressure over a wound area to aid in the healing process and help stimulate the growth of new tissue that helps the wound close. Wound VAC therapy can also keep a wound dry, clean, and even help reduce inflammation!
After 4 months of rehabilitation, Stormtrooper has made a full recovery, and we were happy to release them back into the wild at John D. MacArthur State Park on October 6th, 2022.
Species: Green (Cm)
Age class: Juvenile
Admission date: 6/13/22
Ailment: Boat Strike
Weight: 12.5 kg
6/14/22: Wound debrided and wound vac applied.
7/1/22: Wound vac has since been removed. Patient currently swimming and active.
7/12/22: Wound vac reapplied for 3 more days. Monitor wounds and dressing changes.
7/20/22: Natural honey applied to wounds daily.
8/5/22: Wound debrided and healing, continuing to monitor.
8/18/22: Bloodwork evaluated, starting daily cold laser therapy for two weeks.
9/6/22: Wound healing and making great progress. Patient is actively swimming and eating well.
10/6/22: tagged and released!