Florida turtle hospital removes basketball-sized tumor from flipper of sea turtle named Chomper

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MARATHON, Fla. (WJW) — A turtle hospital in Florida has removed the largest tumor they’ve ever seen at the facility from a loggerhead sea turtle named Chomper.

According to a post on Facebook, Chomper had a 14.2-pound tumor bigger than a basketball near one of her flippers. Doctors at the hospital were able to save her flipper and are “cautiously optimistic” she will make a full recovery.

During her surgery, Chomper received a blood transfusion from Madea, a non-releasable loggerhead sea turtle living at the hospital.

The hospital has been treating sea turtles with tumors for over 34 years.

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