New Delhi: The Indian Army soldier, found alive six days after being presumed dead under 35 feet of snow, is extremely critical and is currently in comatose state and continues to be in shock with low blood pressure, an army statement released on Tuesday said.
The soldier, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, has been put on ventilator in ICU, and remains “extremely critical”, the medical bulletin said.
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“He has been placed on a ventilator to protect his airway and lungs in view of his comatose state. He remains extremely critical and is expected to have a stormy course in the next 24 to 48 hours due to the complications caused by re-warming and establishment of blood flow to the cold parts of the body,” the bulletin said.
“He has pneumonia and his investigations have revealed liver and kidney dysfunction. Fortunately there was no cold exposure related frost bite or bony injuries to him,” it said.
“He is being treated by a team of intensivists, neurologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist and surgeons. He has been treated with fluids, drugs to bring up his blood pressure.”
Koppad and nine other soldiers were swept away by an avalanche at the Siachen glacier on February 3, at an altitude of 20,500 feet. He was found on Monday, miraculously alive.
The soldier was found to be conscious but drowsy and disoriented. He was also severely dehydrated, hypothermic, hypoxic, hypoglycaemic and in shock.
“He was immediately resuscitated at the site by doctors who had been there in the hope of (finding) a survivor,” the army said.
After emergency medical treatment, he was flown out by helicopter along with a medical specialist to the Siachen base camp. From there, he was brought to the Thois air base and then to Delhi.