New Delhi, Feb. 11 (ANI): The Research and Referral Hospital of the Indian Army on Thursday said Lance Naik Hanamanthapa’s neuro functions and heart functions worsened despite all precautions, eventually leading to his death.
“We tried our level best to fight death for this brave Siachen warrior but this morning his blood pressure dropped down. Despite all our precautionary measures, his neuro functions, his heart functions worsened over time, his brain swelled and electrical activity of his brain gradually stopped few hours before his death,” Lt. Gen. S.D. Duhan, the director of Research and Referral Hospital, told the media here.
Lt. Gen. Duhan said that when they received Lance Naik Hanamthappa in an intubated state on February 9, his body temperature was normal, very fast heart rate and very low blood pressure.
“The team went on to establish all the necessary efforts and started him on treatment which consisted of glucose, since he was starving for it since past five days,” Lt. Gen. Duhan said.
“As time progressed when the blood was supplied to the body parts which had not received blood for past six days. The cells which had been deprived of oxygen and glucose could not handle the metabolic load, which was put on these cells,” he added.
Lt. Gen Duhan further said that all these cells, which had already become fragile and consisted of toxin because of working in very cold environment without glucose and oxygen, had produced a lot amount of toxins.
“These toxins spelt over in blood and because of low blood pressure his kidney, liver and brain which had been damaged in the high altitude further worsened rapidly,” he added.
Four days after he was found alive in Siachen, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa died in the hospital this morning.
He is survived by his wife Mahadevi Ashok Bilebal and a two-year-old daughter.
A wreath laying ceremony will be held at Delhi’s Brar Square at 5.30 pm today. (ANI)