Siachen braveheart Hanamanthappa Koppad dies

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016,12:58 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad who had survived the Siachen avalanche dies. He took his last at 11:45 am on Thursday at the Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi. The doctors on Wednesday said, his condition had worsened though he was miraculously found alive  beneath tonnes of snow following an avalanche that hit his post in Siachen Glacier at an height of 19,600 feet .

Dubbed as the ‘miracle man’, the soldier had managed to stay alive for six days buried under the snow after an avalanche struck their post on February 3. His condition was reviewed by a team of doctors comprising critical care specialists, the HoD Dept of Medicine, a senior nephrologist, a senior neurologist of the army hospital and a panel of experts from AIIMS yesterday.

He was extremely critical with evidence of oxygen deprivation to the brain on CT scan, a medical bulletin issued in the evening said. There is evidence of pneumonia in both lungs. His multi-organ dysfunction state unabated. His condition has deteriorated despite aggressive therapy and supportive care, it added.

Koppad was examined by a team of Army Hospital doctors comprising critical care specialists, HoD Dept of Medicine, senior nephrologist, senior neurologist and a panel of experts from AIIMS, New Delhi. The entire team was in agreement with the management of medical problems that the patient had undergone till Wednesday and concurred with the future plan of management for him, the Bulletin said.

Hanamanthappa was evacuated by a helicopter yesterday from the site of the avalanche that hit his post on Siachen Glacier before being shifted to Delhi in an IAF aircraft accompanied by a critical care specialist of the force and a medical specialist from the base camp. Hanamanthappa is being treated by a team of intensivists, neurologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist and surgeons. He has been administered fluids and drugs to bring up his blood pressure, besides antibiotics.

The 33-year-old soldier of the 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment is survived by his wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal and two-year-old daughter Netra Koppad. A resident of village Betadur in Dharwad district of Karnataka, Koppad had joined the army 13 years back. The condition of Koppad, who was admitted to Army Research and Referral Hospital here on February 9, had deteriorated yesterday.