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Tuesday, April 23 2024

UP Woman, retd CISF personnel, ex-navyman offer to donate organs for Siachen survivor

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New Delhi: Even as the entire country is praying for life of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who had a miraculous escape from the clutches of death after being buried 25 ft under snow, following an avalanche at the Siachen glaciers, some have opted to act.

 A woman from Uttar Pradesh, a retired CISF Head Constable and ex-navyman have offered to donate their organs to save the brave soldiers.

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 form liver and kidney dysfunction.

Retd CISF Head Constable Prem Swaroop, who apparently lives in Delhi, reached the R&R Hospital with a similar offer.

Indian Navy’s ex-sailor S.S. Raju has expressed his willingness to donate any organ of his body to save the life of “fellow-brother” and Siachen miracle survivor Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, currently battling for life in an army hospital in New Delhi.

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 IANS Mumbai to make the offer.

“I request doctors at the Army Hospital (R&R) 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.

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. Bollywood stars too have been sending tweets praying for Hanumanthappa.

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