On August 7th, the Karisoke Research Center (KRC) announced that female Kunama a 17 year old adult belonging to the Ugenda group seemed to possess a sticking out tongue and also problems eating. The next day the group was visited and a similar behavior was observed, although they could not figure out the reason behind her situation by means of visual observation. A strategy was developed for a group to examine her again that Thursday and get involved if she exhibited no progress.
The following morning, Kunama appeared weak and was bent, even though she remained attempting to eat. Actually Her tongue looked much more inflamed plus her abdomen was leveled, implying that she had eaten little if any food lately. The authorities needed to get involved.
Kunama seemed to be relatively dehydrated as well as under-nourished she was given IV fluids as well as dextrose.
Her tongue was very swollen and sticking out from her very mouth. a number of ulcerated lesions where on her tongue which looked like secondary to the enlargement of the tongue, she was given IV steroids to reduce the soreness of the tongue plus antibiotics to take care of possible infections.
Throughout the exam, a number of reproductive abnormalities were noticed which pointed out Kunama not too long ago got a miscarriage. Actually she has a 5 year old son, this also could have been her 2nd baby. however they could not whether the miscarriage was related to her then feeding problems, however several samples were taken from her to investigate in the laboratory to assist them better have an understanding of her situation. Following the exam, she was administered a reversal drug as well as returned back to her group.
There have been many probable reasons for Kunama’s situation and human doctors were consulted to assist limit the list of options because the team was not able to carry out a number of tests within a short time. Dr. Jean-Felix as well as the KRC trackers said that they had witnessed Kunama tinkering with her tongue too much within the last year, indicating that her situation could be long-term as opposed to serious. A chronic inflammatory disease appeared like a robust likelihood.
On 10th August, She looked stronger however with small change in the situation of her tongue as well as capability to eat.
The following morning, veterinarians were amazed to view Kunama appearing far better. Her tongue wasn’t sticking out and even she was feeding.
On 13th, Kunama appeared well and was feeding continuously. However she continued to put her fingers into her mouth, therefore her tongue could have still been bothering her. Sadly, they couldn’t really see the tongue. Maybe it was not quite to its standard size, and definitely the ulcerated lesions might be a little bit hurtful while she’s eating. However basing on her feeding rate, it was supposed that her abdomen would be back to its regular size in a couple of days. Generally, they were pleased with the improvement, and continue to request the KRC trackers to up-date them on her condition.