Hanamanthappa in coma, next 48 hours critical

New Delhi/Jammu: Lance Naik Hanamanthappa is currently comatose and continues to be in shock with low blood pressure, says R R Hospital’s first medical bulletin.

He remains extremely critical and is expected to have a stormy course in the next 24-48 hours, it adds.


Koppad, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried in snow for six days, was flown to the Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi from Siachen Glacier on Tuesday.

Earlier, he was evacuated to the army’s base camp at Siachen Glacier from where was flown to Delhi in a special air ambulance.

He was brought to the Palam technical airport and airlifted to the hospital, the sources said.

Koppad, who hails from Karnataka, was found alive yesterday after being buried under 25 feet of snow for six days following an avalanche hitting his post at the altitude of 19,600 feet close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan where the temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius.

The other nine personnel at the post, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and eight other ranks of Madras Regiment, have died, according to Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander. “Five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified,” he has said.

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