Siachen hero Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad loses battle for life

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who survived after being buried under an avalanche in Siachen, died in army hospital at 11.45 Thursday.

Koppad and nine other soldiers were swept away by an avalanche at the Siachen glacier on February 3, at an altitude of around 20,500 feet. He was found on Monday, miraculously alive but in critical condition.

The soldier was found to be conscious but drowsy and disoriented. He was also severely dehydrated, hypothermic, hypoxic, hypoglycaemic and in shock. He had pneumonia and was suffering from liver and kidney dysfunction.

Koppad was receiving treatment at the Army Research and Referral Hospital by a team of intensivists, neurologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist and surgeons.

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