Hanumanthappa Koppad had served in difficult and challenging areas for 10 out of 13 years of his total service
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, the sole survivor in the Siachen mishap passed away at 11.45am on Thursday. He was battling for life after being buried under ice for six days in the Siachen glacier even as the entire nation was praying for his recovery.
Koppad was found from under 35 feet of ice at an avalanche-hit army post in the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir -- six days after he and nine other soldiers were buried. The bodies of the other nine have been found.
More than a day after the soldier was admitted, the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi had said in Wednesday evening that his condition had worsened "despite aggressive therapy and supportive care".
"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," a medical bulletin issued on Wednesday had said.
Koppad was on ventilator in the ICU at the hospital, where he was admitted on Tuesday.
Doctors treating the soldier, whose survival was being seen as a miracle, included top critical care specialists, head of the department of medicine, senior nephrologists and neurologists from the army hospital as well as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Koppad and the other soldiers were hit by the avalanche at an altitude of around 20,500 feet.
He was found miraculously alive just when the rescuers were beginning to lose hope. The soldier was found conscious but drowsy and disoriented. He was also severely dehydrated and in shock.
He had pneumonia and was suffering from liver and kidney dysfunction. But there was no cold exposure related frost bite or bone injuries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the hospital after he was brought to Delhi on Tuesday. So did Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
On Wednesday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote to Koppad's mother Basavva and wished him speedy recovery and a long life.
Koppad had served in difficult and challenging areas for 10 out of 13 years of his total service.
His postings include Mahore in Jammu and Kashmir from 2003 to 2006, where he was actively involved in counter-insurgency operations.
He again volunteered to serve with the 54 Rashtriya Rifles (Madras) in Jammu and Kashmir from 2008 to 2010, and later in the northeast from 2010 to 2012 where he took part in operations against the NDFB and ULFA.
He was serving in the high-altitude areas of Siachen glacier from August 2015.