Gil Heredia, the ATOM Labs maintenance worker who fell into a vat of chemicals several weeks ago, is still in critical condition, and transforming into a dinosaur didn’t help his recovery.
When the Dino-Day Disaster happened, Heredia, who has been on life support at ATOM Labs, was changed into a Deinonychus. The scientists monitoring him did not notice any change in his vital signs or any new superpowers. “We thought, ‘Oh, this is going to trigger something finally,’” said lead biologist Carlos Montero. “We thought that he was going to get dinosaur powers or at least stay transformed as a dinosaur. Finally, he’d be on the upswing. But nothing.”
“It’s like he doesn’t want superpowers.”
After the Dino-Ray was shut down, Heredia, along with everyone else at ATOM Labs, turned back to human. Heredia’s injuries had remained during his transformation, and briefly becoming a dinosaur didn’t seem to accelerate his healing ability either. “It was just the same old, same old,” said Montero. “If anything, being turned into a dinosaur only made things worse. Poor guy.”
Heredia’s family, who have asked for privacy throughout the matter, have seemed more distraught than normal. With his recent downturn, those closest to the family get the sense that Heredia may pass away soon, unless of course he develops superpowers, but that seems unlikely.