Lance Naik Hanumanthappa was found alive on Monday after six days of rescue operations.

Hospital Bulletin Lance Naik Hanumanthappas condition critical continues to be in shock
news Siachen disaster Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 16:36

The condition of the lone survivor in the Siachen disaster who was buried under 25 feet of snow for six days continues to remain critical as of Tuesday afternoon.

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa was found alive on Monday after six days of rescue operations.

The medical team expects the condition will remain the same for the next 24 to 48 hours owing to complications related to rewarming and establishing blood flow to the cold parts of the body.

The soldier is still in coma and continues to be placed on a ventilator given to protect his airway and lungs. His blood pressure continues to remain alarmingly low. He is currently suffering from pneumonia along with liver and kidney dysfunctions.

However, doctors have ruled out any frostbite or bone injuries.

A team of intensivists, neurologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists and surgeons are observing his medical condition closely.

The PM earlier on Tuesday visited the Army's Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi to see Lance Naik Hanumanthappa.

Hanumanthappa was flown to Delhi from Siachen Glacier on Tuesday morning in a special air ambulance and admitted to the Research and Referral Hospital.

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa and nine fellow soldiers were resting when a huge wall of ice came crashing down on their post on February 3. It all happened so quickly that none of the 10 had time to react. All of them were buried under 25 feet of snow at the Siachen glacier.

Nine other personnel at the post, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), 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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