RIP Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa; you will live in our hearts

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.

Medical bulletin of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa as of 8 AM.

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.

One Response to RIP Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa; you will live in our hearts

  1. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, who had been battling for life at the Army’s Research & Referral hospital, breathed his last on Thursday morning.

    “Really sorry to inform everyone that LNk Hanamanthappa is no more. He breathed his last breath at 11:45 a.m. today,” Army officials said on Thursday.

    He was admitted at R&R hospital on Tuesday morning and had been on ventilator since. His condition steadily deteriorated due to multiple organ failure.

    The soldier of 19 Madras regiment was rescued alive on Monday night after being buried under 35 feet of snow for six days. He was flown to Delhi on Tuesday in an Air Force aircraft. The avalanche had buried their camp on February 3.

    From a farmer’s family

    Hanamanthappa, survived by his wife and two-year-old daughter, hailed from Koppal in Karnataka. He belonged to a farming family in Betadur village in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district. Six men from this mainly agrarian village had in recent years joined the Army.

    The youngest in the family, Lance Naik Koppad always wanted to join the Army. He came up the hard way, attending high school at Aralikatti village by walking 6 km every day. And, despite being rejected thrice in the Army recruitment rallies at Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag, he kept on trying and finally managed to get into the 19 Madras Regiment 14 years ago.

    Four years ago, Lance Naik Koppad married Mahadevi (Jayashri). Their daughter Netra is two years old. His last visit to Betadur was six months ago. His earnings helped build a house on a government-allotted site in the village.

    Just a day before the avalanche, he had called his family, “He had enquired about all of us,” said his eldest brother, Govindappa, who left for Delhi on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile the bodies of nine other soldiers which have been recovered from the site are waiting to be the airlifted from Siachen. Officials said that bad weather has held up movement.

    (With inputs from Girish Pattanashetti)