New Delhi: Indian Army's brave soldier Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was dug out alive after being buried under ice for six days in the Siachen glacier, attained martyrdom on Thursday. He breathed his last around 11:45 AM at Delhi's Army Research and Referral Hospital.
Siachen avalanche miracle survivor Hanumnathappa Koppad's condition had worsened on Wednesday. Here is all what happened since he was miraculously found alive till he attained martyrdom:-
- Feb 8, Monday night: Miraculously found alive
Hanumanthappa Koppad was found alive from under 35 feet of ice at an avalanche-hit army post in the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir. Notably, he was found six days after he and nine other soldiers were buried. The bodies of the other nine were already found.
- Feb 9, Tuesday: Flown to Delhi's Army hospital, 1st medical bulletin released; nation prayed for him
After being evacuated, Hanumanthappa Koppad was flown to Delhi in a special air ambulance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to Delhi’s Research and Referral Hospital where Lance Naik Hanumanthappa was recuperating.
Family members of the brave soldier flew to New Delhi on Tuesday night from Panaji to be with him as he battled for life in the army hospital. News of Koppad miraculously being found alive rejoiced his family, which almost gave up hopes of seeing him again.
"It is a punar janam (rebirth) for him and all of us," the soldier's wife Mahadevi had said.
When Koppad was flown to Delhi from Siachen in an air ambulance earlier in the day for reviving him from a comatose condition, the village folk joined his family to offer special prayers for his speedy recovery from a critical condition.
There was a ray of hope amid gloom in the village with prayers for Koppad's precious life.
Doctors of Delhi’s Research and Referral Hospital monitoring the brave soldier's treatment released the first medical bulletin. There was almost no improvement in his health condition.
His condition continued to remain critical and the next 48 hours were extremely crucial for him. He was still in coma. The entire nation was praying for his speedy recovery.
The doctors were taking best care of him to save his precious life.
- Feb 10, Wednesday: 2nd medical bulletin released, condition worsened
As the nation was praying for Lance Naik Hanumanthappa's life, the Army hospital released its 2nd bulletin.
Koppad, battling for life, was still critical condition, as millions across the country prayed for his recovery.
More than a day after the soldier was admitted here, the Army Research and Referral Hospital said in the evening that his condition worsened "despite aggressive therapy and supportive care".
He continued to remain extremely critical with evidence of oxygen deprivation to the brain on CT scan. There was evidence of pneumonia in both lungs. Koppad was placed on ventilator in the ICU at the hospital.
- Feb 11, Thursday: India lost its brave soldier as Hanumanthappa attains martyrdom; PM devastated over death
Sadly, the nation lost its brave and courageous soldier Hanumanthappa as he breathed his last at the army's hospital. The Lance Naik attained at martyrdom around 11:45 AM.
Sad over the soldier's demise, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, "He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India."
He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 11, 2016