A man who was “the worst case” of alligators Down Syndrome markers has been put down, and it’s been reported that the condition is now “maximum capacity”.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) said the man’s condition has now become “critical,” with symptoms that include loss of appetite, breathing difficulties, memory loss and “a rapid decrease in muscle tone.”
“As a result, he will likely need a surgical procedure to remove alligator blood from his body, a process that can take up to three weeks,” the statement said.
“Once removed, he has been declared the worst case in our database of all GSDs.”
The man’s name has not been released.
“We are saddened to announce that this man has been placed into an appropriate care program, but we are confident he will recover,” the Humane Group of Greater Vancouver said in the statement.
The man has no history of health problems and is not in danger of death.
“His case is exceptional and we urge people to please do not attempt this surgery,” the group said.
The Canadian Association of Anesthesiologists said the condition can be deadly, and the most serious cases are caused by the disease itself.
“An alligator’s blood can cause a life-threatening condition called hemolytic anemia.
Hemolytic anaemia is when the blood in the body does not clot properly.
When it does, the body’s ability to clot is severely limited,” said Dr. Michael Tromp, president and CEO of the Canadian Association for Anesthesiology.
“The condition is fatal if not treated immediately.”
The Canadian Press contacted the Humane Societies office in St. John’s, N.L., and were told that no one was available to comment.
The group said it’s working with the Health Canada to find out what the best course of action is for the man.