Lance Naik Hanamanthappa and nine fellow soldiers were resting when a huge wall of ice came crashing down on their post on February 3

India prays for Siachen survivor doctors say Hanumanthappas condition still critical
news Lance Naik Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:45

As the condition of the lone survivor in the Siachen disaster continues to remain critical as of Wednesday morning, the nation is praying for his speedy recovery.

Doctors of the Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi on Wednesday said there has been no significant improvement in Hanumanthappa’s medical condition.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh visited the hospital on Wednesday to take stock of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa's condition. He had visited the hospital on Tuesday with PM Modi.

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa was found alive on Monday after being buried under 35 feet of snow for six days.

Read Meet Dot and Misha: Two dogs which helped rescue Saichen army man

Hanumanthappa was flown to Delhi on Tuesday from Siachen Glacier in a special air ambulance.

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifThe medical team on Tuesday said that condition was to 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 was still in coma and was placed on a ventilator given to protect his airway and lungs. His blood pressure continues to remain alarmingly low. He was suffering from pneumonia along with liver and kidney dysfunctions.

However, doctors 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.

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 said on Tuesday.

 

 

Show us some love! Support our journalism by becoming a TNM Member - Click here.