The health condition of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was buried in an avalanche at Siachen Glacier on February 3 and rescued on February 8, deteriorated on Wednesday despite aggressive therapy and supportive care, the Army said.
Officials said his urea and creatine levels were above normal, signalling kidney dysfunction. He has been put on dialysis, they said. Sources also said the oxygen levels in his blood and brain had dipped as compared to Tuesday, when he was first admitted to the capital’s Research & Referral Hospital.
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A team of experts from AIIMS visited him on Wednesday. “What we are now discovering are reperfusion injuries, caused when blood supply returns to the tissue after a period of lack of oxygen. Oxygen levels in the blood and brain have dropped compared to yesterday. Urea and creatine levels have increased, and he has been put on dialysis,” an official said.
An Army bulletin released on Wednesday stated: “Hanumanthappa was reviewed by the treating team of Army Hospital (R&R)… and a panel of experts from AIIMS. The entire team was in agreement with the management that the patient had undergone till now, and concurred with the future plan of management for him. He continues to remain extremely critical, with evidence of oxygen deprivation to the brain on CT scan. There is evidence of pneumonia in both lungs. His multi-organ dysfunction state continues unabated. His condition has deteriorated despite aggressive therapy and supportive care.”
As reported by The Indian Express, Hanumanthappa possibly survived under 35 feet of snow for six days as he was trapped in a pocket of air. “His vital organs, such as the brain, kidney and liver, were in a state of hibernation. His body was deprived of water, oxygen and glucose for six days. All this took a toll,” said an official, adding that the next 24 hours are critical.