Omsin fails to heal after 5kg of metal removed from belly
BANGKOK attracted international media attention, and a public clamour to ease Omsin’s plight ensued.
The weight of the money inside her had cracked her underside shell, and threatened a fatal infection.
The cause of death was intestinal obstruction that blocked Omsin’s protein intake, while nickel toxicity from the coins damaged her immune system, said Dr Roongroje Thanawongnuwech, Dean of the Veterinary School at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.
The turtle had appeared to be doing well after the operation, but a check-up Saturday revealed problems with her intestines. Doctors performed a second, 2 ½ hour-operation, but Omsin never woke up and died.
“She at least had the chance to swim freely and eat happily before she passed,” said Dr Nantarika Chansue, who led the team that removed 915 coins weighing 5kg from her stomach on March 6. AP This picture taken on Monday shows one of the five frozen tigers, which were seized by local authorities, in the central province of Nghe An, Vietnam. The frozen tigers were discovered in a man's freezer with their organs removed, according to official reports, in a country seen as a global hub for the illegal wildlife trade. AFP PIC
Omsin next to a tray of 915 coins removed from her stomach at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.