NEW DELHI: Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, the Siachen braveheart who defied death for six days buried under snow, passed away on Thursday morning.
Hanamanthappa breathed his last at 11:45 am, said an Army official.
A medical bulletin released by Army’s Research and Referral Hospital had said that Hanamanthappa had slipped into deep coma despite maximal life support with aggressive ventilation and dialysis.
This assessment was made after Hanamanthappa’s condition was reviewed by a team of Critical Care specialists, comprising of HoD of Medicine, Senior Nephrologist, Senior Neurologist and a panel of experts from AIIMS, New Delhi.
Hanamanthappa was evacuated by a helicopter from the site of the avalanche that hit his post on Siachen Glacier before being shifted to Delhi in an IAF aircraft accompanied by a critical care specialist of the force and a medical specialist from the base camp.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, had visited the hospital earlier on Tuesday.
Modi had said Koppad is an “outstanding soldier” whose “endurance and indomitable spirit” cannot be described in words.”
33-year-old Hanamanthappa Koppad was enrolled in 19th Battalion of the Madras Regiment on 25 Oct 2002. The individual displayed high degree of initiative and has served 10 years in difficult and challenging areas out of 13 years of total service.