Siachen Avalanche braveheart Hanumanthappa Koppad dies

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who struggled to survive after being buried under an avalanche in Siachen for six days,  died in army hospital at 11:45 on Thursday.

A team of experts from AIIMS  and the military doctors failed  to save the soldier’s life.Koppad was recieving treatment at the Army Research and Referral Hospital by a team of intensivists, neurologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist and surgeons

He was extremely critical with evidence of oxygen deprivation to the brain on CT scan. He was also severely dehydrated, hypothermic, hypoxic, hypoglycaemic and in shock. He had pneumonia and was suffering from liver and kidney dysfunction.

Koppad and nine other soldiers were swept away by an avalanche at the Siachen glacier on February 3, at an altitude of around 19,500 feet.

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