Former national-level volleyball player Arunima Sinha lost her right leg in 2011 after being thrown off a moving train . Two years later she stood on the peak of the Mount Everest with an artificial leg and an indomitable spirit to achieve the unimaginable.
Arunima, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was pushed out of the general compartment of Padmawati Express for resisting a chain-snatching attempt, while travelling from Lucknow to Delhi on April 12, 2011 and suffered critical injury in the right leg. Doctors had to amputate her left leg below the knee to save her life. A rod had to be inserted inside her leg to provide support to the damaged limb.
Though police investigation doesn’t corroborate her story, the magnitude of her achievement cannot be undermined.
While undergoing treatment in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, she resolved to climb Mount Everest. She excelled in the basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. She contacted Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, and signed up for training under her at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) 2012.
Arunima and Susen Mahto, a TSAF instructor, started their ascent of Mount Everest. After a hard toil , Sinha reached the summit of Mount Everest on 21 May 2013, as part of the Tata Group-sponsored Eco Everest Expedition,becoming the first female amputee to scale the Everest. She took 52 days to reach the summit.
The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari presented an “Amazing Indian Award” instituted by Times Now channel to Ms Arunima Sinha on 6th February 2014.