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The sight from the peak of Mount Everest is so magnificent that every one of us has, once in our life, imagined a visit to the peak. But very few people are able to track Mount Everest. Arunima Sinha has gone a step further on the rationality of physical strengths. She had climbed the peak from a prosthetic leg.
Mount Everest is the world’s largest mountain. The desire to touch this is in everyone but there are only a few people who have the courage to touch it.
As beautiful as it is, it is also dangerous.
Who is Arunima Sinha?
Here I would want to talk about Arunima Sinha. Yes, I am talking about a woman. Arunima Sinha is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013 and this year (2019) became the first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica.
Arunima Sinha Biography:
She grew up in Ambedkar Nagar, a small district near Lucknow. Her father worked for the Indian Army as an engineer. Her mother was a supervisor of the health department. Arunima has two siblings, an elder sister, and a little brother. Arunima was bereaved at the age of 3 when her father passed away. Her sister’s husband took responsibility for the family.
|Date Birth||20 July 1988 (age 29)|
|Place of Birth||Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh|
|Famous for||First female amputee to have climbed Mount Everest|
|Occupation||Mountaineer, Volleyball player,|
|Book||Born again on the mountain|
Why did Arunima climb the Mount Everest?
Arunima, a former national volleyball and football player. Though she was very talented, she never really thought of a sporting career. Arunima wanted to join the Paramilitary Force. Unfortunately, she couldn’t get it.
At last in 2011, she got a call letter from CSIF. Arunima was so excited. However, in a weird twist of fate, her birth date was wrongly mentioned in the letter. She left for Delhi to get the incorrect date on her call letter rectified.
Arunima Sinha Story-
In the year 2011, April, while she was traveling from Lucknow to Delhi from the Padmavati Express, she had a grotesque encounter with a bunch of some robbers. She was pushed out of a general coach of the train by robbers wanting to snatch her bag and gold chain. Recounting the incident, she said:
I resisted and they pushed me out of the train. BUt I could not move. I remember seeing a train coming towards me. I tried getting up. By then, the train had run over my leg. I don’t remember anything after that.
Arunima Sinha fell on the railway track and another train coming on the parallel track crushed her leg below the knee.
Arunima Sinha was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and the doctors had to amputate her leg to save her life. She was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi for further treatment and spent four months.
Indian sports ministry also offered her a compensation of Rs 25000 and she was provided with the best treatment possible with a recommendation for a job in the CISF. Indian Railways also offered her a job. A Delhi based private company also offered her a prosthetic leg free of cost.
A new journey has started:
While still being treated in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, she resolved to climb Mount Everest. She was inspired by Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh (who had successfully battled cancer).
She contacted Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, in 2011 by telephone and signed up for training under her at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) 2012.
Afterward, she started working under the guidance of Bachendri Pal and that was one of the major steps in her life.
Sinha climbed Island Peak (6150 meters) in 2012 as preparation for her ascent of Everest.
Arunima Sinha images
Climbing Mount Everest with two able legs is extremely difficult, so we can imagine how challenging it would have been with a prosthetic leg. It was difficult to even find a Sherpa who would understand and support Arunima in this mad endeavor!
On the day she endeavored to summit Mount Everest, she and her Sherpa were the first to leave the camp. When they were very close to the summit, her Sherpa gave her some terrible news. Their oxygen levels were quickly exhausting, and they needed to return the following day for another attempt.
Sinha was adamant on completing the summit that very day. With the help of the Sherpa, after two hours, they were at the pinnacle of Mount Everest, and of her success at 10:55 am on 21 May in 2013. Those 7 minutes atop the summit were the best moments of her life.
Arunima Sinha just wanted to shout out to the world that she had done it. She took 52 days to reach the summit. She wrote a small message thanking the Almighty on a wrapped cloth and pressed it in the snow. Recounting the incident, she said:
It was my tribute to Shankara Bhagawan and Swami Vivekananda who has been an inspiration throughout my life.
After climbing the Mount Everest. Arunima Sinha’s aims to climb all the seven highest peaks in all seven continents. She has covered six peaks,
Arunima Sinha Quotes:
Abhi To Is Baaj Ki Asli udhaan Baki Hai
Abhi To Iss Parinde Ka Imtihaan Baaki Hai
Abhi Abhi To Maine Laangha Hai Samandaro Ko
Abhi To Pura Aasaman Baki Hai
In Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, Africa and North America by 2014. She summited Mount Elbrus of Russia (Europe), Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania(Africa) and Mount Kosciuszko Kosciuszko National Park (Australia). On Jan 4, 2019, she climbed the seventh peak on Antarctica and became world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson.
Arunima Sinha Video :
“India is proud of Arunima’s accomplishments and her fortitude inspires us all,” PM Modi said in a tweet as Arunima set off on the latest leg of her “Mission Seven Summit”
It was a delight to interact with @sinha_arunima.
Handed over the Tricolour and wished her the very best as she embarks on an expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica.
India is proud of Arunima’s accomplishments and her fortitude inspires us all. pic.twitter.com/sj39QvHvH7
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 12, 2018
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She wrote the book “Born again on the mountain”, launched by Prime minister of India Narendra Modi on December 2014.
Awards and Honor:
She was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015. She is Awarded Tenzing Norgay Highest Mountaineering Award in India same as Arjun Award.
When Hardwork is rewarded. I "ll tell you..it feels good!
Received Padma Shri. Circa- 30th march 2015 pic.twitter.com/K7MJObf4wG
— Dr. Arunima Sinha (@sinha_arunima) March 30, 2015