Moved by the inspiring real-life story of Lance Naik Hanumananthappa Koppad, who was rescued five days after being trapped in an avalanche on the Siachen glacier and is currently in a critical state at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi, a woman from Uttar Pradesh has volunteered to donate a kidney while an ex-Navy sailor in Mumbai offered any organ to save the brave soldier.
Nidhi Pandey, a housewife from Lakhimpur Kheri, 167-km from the state capital, contacted a local news channel, seeking information on how to get in touch with Delhi’s Army Research & Referral hospital where Koppad is battling for life.
Pandey made the offer as medical examinations have revealed that the Siachen survivor, who is in coma, is suffering from liver and kidney dysfunction.
Retd CISF Head Constable Prem Swaroop, who apparently lives in Delhi, reached the R&R Hospital with a similar offer.
“I heard in news that Lance Naik Hanamanthappa’s kidney failed, so I came here to offer my kidney or any part of my body for him. It is my heart’s wish to do this,” said Swaroop.
Moved by the indomitable spirit and plight of the soldier who survived all odds after being trapped for six days under tonnes of snow and ice following an avalanche on the treacherous icy warfield, Raju called up in Mumbai to make the offer.
“I request doctors at the Army (R&R) Hospital to contact me immediately and I can go to New Delhi … I am ready to donate any organ, including liver, kidney … We must save our fellow brother who is critical,” said Raju, a resident of Bhayander in adjoining Thane district.
Doctors attending to Koppad say that the next 24 hours would be crucial. He was conscious when he was pulled out from below 25 feet of snow but his condition has since deteriorated.
There has been an outpouring of prayers across the country for the brave soldier. President Pranab Mukherjee led the nation in sending out a prayer for Hanumanthappa; Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar visited him in the hospital.