Soldier rescued from Siachen in coma, remains 'extremely critical', says army statement

New Delhi: The Indian Army soldier, found alive six days after being presumed dead under 35 feet of snow in Siachen, 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.

Soldier rescued from Siachen in coma, remains extremely critical, says army statement

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad. Image courtesy: IBNLive

"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 bone injuries to him," it said.

"He is being treated by a team of intensivists, neurologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists and surgeons. He has been treated with fluids and drugs to bring up his blood pressure," the bulletin said.


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Updated Date: Feb 09, 2016 17:56:51 IST

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