When the defense authorities were presuming that all the ten soldiers assumed dead as it was impossible to be alive in such harsh conditions, with even the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sending condolences to the family members of all the ten soldiers who were trapped under a wall of ice that collapsed on them in Siachen - a miracle happened with the rescue operation team stunned to find his heart beating.
One soldier identified as Lance Naik Hanumanthappa defied death and was rescued from the site after six days of search operation. The solidier was buried under 25 feet of snow in temperatures that hovered above minus 40 degrees Celsius.
He was manning the post with a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and nine soldiers when on February 3, a huge wall of snow had crashed into the army base. The base was located on the Saltoro ridge in Siachen, at a height of 19,600 feet above the sea level and close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.
Army teams have been conducting search operations through the huge mass of ice in the most treacherous conditions, sometimes digging more than 30 feet to find the soldiers.
"It was a miraculous rescue, all efforts are being made to evacuate Lance Naik Hanamanthappa to the RR Hospital (Army's Research and Referral hospital) in the morning," quoted Lieutenant General Northern Army Commander DS Hooda as saying. And he stated that he wishes that miracle continues.
However, the doctors at the Army Research and Referral (R&R) hospital in New Delhi said that the soldier, who had been assumed dead, is presently in an “extremely critical" condition.
The entire nation stands in prayers and solidarity with Hanumanthappa's 62-year-old mother Basamma, his wife Mahadevi and his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter that he pulls through in the battle for life. Special prayers were offered for Siachen survivor Lance Naik Hanumanthappa at the holy Varanasi Ghat. One of Hanumanthappa's relatives said, “We are all very happy, God has helped us. He is named after Hanuman, he trumped death”.
Even the Indian PM Modi himself made a visit to the hospital and discussed the brave soldier's health condition with doctors at the hospital.