New Delhi: Avalanche-survivor Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad’s medical condition remains critical 24 hours after he was flown to Delhi’s Army Hospital Research & Referral (R&R) after being rescued from under 35 feet of snow in Siachen on February 8
“He continues to battle the odds and his medical condition remains very critical. He remains ventilator dependent. The medical team treating him at R&R Hospital is monitoring his situation continuously and is treating him with best expertise and resources available in the world,” read a Defence ministry statement issued on Wednesday.
According to the treating doctors, next 24 hours are critical for him. He is comatose and in shock, with low blood pressure. He also has pneumonia and an impaired liver and kidney function.
Koppad survived because he was trapped with an air pocket around him, which trapped air and body heat . Asphyxiation from lack of air is the most common cause of death for people trapped under an avalanche.
He was pulled out in a conscious but drowsy and disoriented state. He was also severely dehydrated, and had low glucose and oxygen levels. He, however, did not suffer a frost bite or bony injuries.
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The critical team taking care of Thappa comprises three anaesthesia experts, and experts from the department of nephrology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, medicine and surgery.
The doctors in the rescue team resuscitated him with intravenous fluids, humidified warm oxygen and passive external rewarming.