May 04, 2023: Anurag Maloo, an experienced Indian mountaineer, is still fighting for his life after a harrowing ordeal on Mt Annapurna. On April 16, Anurag fell into a deep crevasse below Camp III while attempting to scale the peak. Four days later, after an intense four-hour rescue operation, Anurag was airlifted to Pokhara-based Manipal Hospital for emergency treatment before being transferred to Nepal Mediciti Hospital in Kathmandu for further medical attention.
Currently, Anurag is in critical condition, but his vital signs have stabilized, and he is receiving round-the-clock care from the medical staff at Nepal Mediciti Hospital. Despite the discontinuation of vasopressors to restore and maintain his blood pressure, Anurag’s kidney function remains static, and he is still undergoing dialysis. Additionally, a recent MRI report shows microinfarcts in his brain, indicating that his recovery will be a long and arduous journey.
However, there is some hope for Anurag’s recovery. After two weeks of treatment, Anurag’s digital gangrene is slowly beginning to dry up, and his white blood cell count has mildly increased. Furthermore, Anurag is now able to open his eyes and follow commands from his medical team. However, he has not been able to move his hands or feet, indicating that his injuries are severe.
As Anurag’s medical team continues to work tirelessly to save his life, they are planning to perform a pleural tapping to help wean him off the ventilator. They are also considering a tracheostomy to facilitate his breathing. While Anurag’s journey to recovery is far from over, his strength and resilience in the face of adversity have inspired many.
Anurag is an accomplished mountaineer, having set out to climb all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters and the seven highest points in all seven continents this season. He was awarded the prestigious REX Karam-Veer Chakra for his bravery in rescue operations during the Uttarakhand floods of 2013. Anurag was also named the 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador from India, reflecting his passion for adventure and his commitment to preserving the environment.
The mountaineering community and Anurag’s loved ones continue to send him their thoughts and prayers, hoping for his speedy recovery.