Siachen avalanche survivor continues to be in "extremely critical" state: Doctors
New Delhi, February 11, 2016
The health condition of the Indian Army soldier who survived six days under tons of ice after an avalanche in Siachen, continued to remain extremely critical today, with worsening multiple organ dysfunction, doctors treating him at the Army Hospital (Research & Referral) here said.
A medical bulletin issued by the hospital this morning said Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad had slipped into a deeper state of coma.
"His circulatory shock is now refractory to all drugs in maximum permissible doses and his kidneys remain non-functional. His pneumonia has worsened and the blood clotting disorder shows no sign of reversal despite blood component support. He is on maximal life support with aggressive ventilation and dialysis," the bulletin added.
The condition of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa of 19 Madras was reviewed by the treating team of Army Hospital (R&R) comprising critical care specialists, the head of the department of medicine, senior nephrologist and a senior neurologist and a panel of experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here yesterday.
"The entire team was in agreement with the management that the patient had undergone till now, and concurred with the future plan of management for him.
They said his condition was being monitored continuously and that he was being treated with some of the best expertise and resources available in the world.
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who was one of ten soldiers buried under tons of snow after a major avalanche struck their post, located at a height of about 20,000 feet in North Siachen Glacier, in the early hours of February 3, was pulled out alive by Army rescue teams on the night of February 8.
The soldier, who hails from Dharwad district of Karnataka, was trapped under nearly 35 feet of snow in temperatures close to -40 degrees Centigrade.
When he was brought out, the rescue team was pleasantly surprised to feel a very faint pulse, though he was in a very critical condition.
"He was rescued from the site on February 8. On recovery, he was found to be conscious but drowsy and disoriented. He was severely dehydrated, hypothermic, hypoxic, hypoglycemic and in shock. He was immediately resuscitated by the doctors at the site, who had been there for the past five days in the hope of a survivor," a statement from the Army had said on Tuesday.
The statement said Lance Naik Hanamanthappa was treated with warm intravenous fluids, humidified warm oxygen and passive external re-warming.
He was flown out from the site on Tuesday morning by helicopter along with a medical specialist to the Siachen base camp, from where he was brought to the Thois air base. He was then transferred to Delhi by a fixed wing aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) along with a Critical Care Specialist of the IAF and medical specialist from the Siachen Base Camp.
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa was comatose and in shock with low blood pressure when he was admitted to the hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff, had visited the hospital on Tuesday to see the soldier.
"No words are enough to describe the endurance and indomitable spirit of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. He is an outstanding soldier," the Prime Minister had said.
However, the nine other soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer, who were trapped in the avalanche, have died and the Army search teams have retrieved their bodies.