The mother of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, who was the lone survivor out of group of ten Indian soldiers that was wiped out by an avalanche in the region last week, says he said to her that he would return. “God has listened to my prayers,” 62-year-old mother Basamma told ANI. She further added that he came into her dreams.
As the news spread of his rescue, his family erupted in joy and hundreds of villagers gathered at Dharwad in northern Karnataka. It was a miracle that Hanumanthappa was found alive
. After an ice fall on February 3, ten soldiers had gone missing and despite 24 hours of search, the Army couldn’t find them. According to Army sources, the rescue teams have located mortal remains of all the remaining nine soldiers and they are being brought out from the avalanche site.
The wife of Hanumanthappa, Mahadevi, in Dharwad, Karnataka, said, “I am very happy, I want to go and see him.” She added that she will offer prayers in the temple. It is reported that his wife and mother are waiting for government’s help to take them to Delhi where Hanumanthappa is admitted in critical condition.
Wife of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa
Villagers are celebrating their son’s escape and are praying for his recovering. “We are all very happy, God has helped us. He is named after Hanuman, he trumped death,” said Hanumanthappa’s relative. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Hanumanthappa at the Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi.
Army Chief Dalbir Singh has also reached the hospital.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “My prayers are with Lance Naik Hanumanthappa who miraculously survived the avalanche at Siachen.” However, experts said the jawan had little chance of survival as victims trapped in such harsh conditions usually suffer extensive organ damage. According to Army R&R Hospital in Delhi, Hanumanthappa has been placed on a ventilator to protect his airway and lungs in view of his comatose state. The soldier has pneumonia and his investigations have revealed liver and kidney dysfunction, it said. On recovery Lance Naik Hanumanthappa was found to be conscious but drowsy and disoriented, the health bulletin by R&R Hospital mentioned.