Siachen Braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa passes away

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad who was rescued six days after he was buried under 35 feet of snow at an altitude of 20,500 ft on the Siachen glacier, passed away on Thursday at 11.45am.
“Lance Naik Hanamanthappa is no more. He breathed his last at 11:45 AM today,” a senior army official said.

The 33-year-old soldier of the 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment is survived by his wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal and two-year-old daughter Netra Koppad.

A resident of village Betadur in Dharwad district of Karnataka, Koppad had joined the army 13 years back.

The condition of Koppad, who was admitted to Army Research and Referral Hospital here on February 9, had deteriorated yesterday.

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Dubbed as the ‘miracle man’, the soldier had managed to stay alive for six days buried under the snow after an avalanche struck their post on February 3.

His condition was reviewed by a team of doctors comprising critical care specialists, the HoD Dept of Medicine, a senior nephrologist, a senior neurologist of the army hospital and a panel of experts from AIIMS yesterday.

(With PTI inputs )

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