As his mother and wife are in the hospital already, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad is battling for life with his condition declining from critical but stable to most critical on Wednesday night.
The Army Research and Referral Hospital said his condition had worsened “despite aggressive therapy and supportive care” roping in experts from AIIMS.
“He continues to remain extremely critical with evidence of oxygen deprivation to the brain on CT scan. There is evidence of pneumonia in both lungs,” said a medical bulletin, which means he is unlikely to return from coma and his brain was unable to support organ functioning of the body as he is on ventilator.
“His multi-organ dysfunction state continues unabated. His condition has deteriorated despite aggressive therapy and supportive care,” said the statement.
His mohter Basavva, wife Mahadevi and two-year-old daughter Netra, were praying for his health while the nation is vividly shaken by his condition with reports of people visiting the hospital or offering organs for his survival popu in.
Besides PM and defence chief, Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shatrughan Sinha, Anupam Kher, Shekhar Kapur and Sunny Deol as well as cricketer Sachin Tendular expressed hope for his recovery. Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote to Koppad’s mother Basavva from Karnataka.
From Ganga Ghat in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to the famed Dabbawallas in Mumbai, all people and organisations have offered prayers for the soldier’s recovery.
Doctors said the fact that the soldier survived for 6 days in ice-trap shows his determination and perhaps his Yoga training. Koppad and his unit were hit by the avalanche at an altitude of around 20,500 feet.
He was found miraculously when the rescuers were returning with no hope. He suffered liver and kidney dysfunction but not frost bite or bone injuries. He was serving in the high-altitude areas of Siachen glacier from August 2015.
He was serving in the high-altitude areas of Siachen glacier from August 2015. In Feb. 3 avalanche, his units was submerged in 25-ft ice but Lance Naik Hanumanthappa was found 5 days later by rescue party and his pulse was active because he was trapped inside an air pocket and had access to oxygen.
He was detected with a radar but rescue team was surprised to find him alive under thermal imagers, which show the temperature of an area due to presence of a body. He was rushed to New Delhi and his condition was “Critical but stable” until Wednesday noon, when the condition began to deteriorate towards the night of Wednesday.