Marc: I’m sorry to say that little Hector died of complications during surgery. Our vet tried for 14 hours, even hooking him up to a breathing tube at one point to try to save him. We decided to go ahead and post this picture to show that he’s at peace now. He’s in a place where he’s free and not in pain anymore. (On Facebook)
I want to thank everyone for the huge support that we had over him. His vet bills are covered. I just wish he would have pulled through to thank you all himself.
Hector is now among our many shelled angels and thanks to Little RES Q his last moments were in caring hands. The work Little RES Q does to rescue and rehabilitate turtles, as well as educate the public about the impact of poor care, is phenomenal. Their work doesn’t end with Hector. Too many other shells out there need their help. Please take a moment to visit the Little RES q website, make a donation, check out the online store, and read more about their incredible work. Spread the word!
Hector the Red Eared Slider (turtle)
Hector is severely deformed from severe neglect. Just when we thought we have seen the worst of the worst, then Hector comes to our turtle rescue. My goodness is the poor little guy ever sick. He has infections/abseses in both front legs. He is missing skin on his shell (the white is bone), which indicates that he might have sepsis.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis (the state of putrefaction and decay) is a potentially deadly medical condition characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state (called a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS) caused by severe infection.
This is typically caused by living in filthy conditions and tiny conditions. In turtles, Sepsis shows its ugly face in swollen limbs (which Hector has), and by dark dying skin on the shell (which Hector Has).
It is treatable if caught before it kills the organs. So far Hector appears to be active and alert, which is always a good sign in sick turtles.