“You are not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.”- Oscar Pistorius
Arunima Sinha is the first Indian amputee to scale the Mount Everest. She is honored “Padma Shri” in January 2015. Arunima Sinha is the world record holder in amputee division to climb Mount Everest. She was a national volleyball player before meeting with a disastrous situation in the train which left her amputee. Then she rose high as a professional mountaineer.
Arunima Sinha is born in a small town name-Ambedkar Nagar near Lucknow. Her father worked as an engineer in army and mother as health department supervisor. She lost her father at the age of 3. She was a national volleyball player.
Arunima Sinha got a call letter from Delhi. While returning, she was traveling on the train. A group of chain snatchers attacked her in the train. When she refused to give the gold chain, that group attacked her and thrown her out of the train. This incident happened in the evening. She was helpless on the railway track until the next day morning with multiple fractures and a broken leg. The doctor in the hospital donated his blood and did the treatment to her. After this accident, Arunima Sinha lost her left leg and was attached a rod to right leg because of multiple fractures in her right leg.
Arunima Sinha was lying on the hospital bed filled with pain and emotions. She was not low on confidence but, she potentially took a decision to become a mountaineer and prove herself and the world about what she is capable of.
After a solemn resolution to become a mountaineer, it was not a cakewalk for her. Working hard for few months on her fitness, she excelled in the basic mountaineering course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. She contacted Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, and joined the training program under her at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSFA) 2012.
Susen Mahto was the instructor for her in TSFA. With all the potential she was ready to scale Mount Everest. Joining her instructor Susen Mahto, Arunima Sinha started the ascent of Mount Everest. After a hard work and dedication against the all odds they faced, Sinha reached the summit of Mount Everest on 21st May 2013, as a part of the Tata Group-sponsored Eco Everest Expedition. She became the first female amputee to scale the Everest. She spent 52 days climbing to reach the summit.
Arunima Sinha is a true example of the youth showing her willpower to achieve the goal to prove herself to this world. She received the fourth highest civilian award “The Padma Shri” from The President in 2015. She also talked about a platform named “Ted Talk”, which showed the whole world about her achievement which inspired youth all over the world.
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