Arunima Sinha’s journey from railway tracks to Mt Everest
It is a story of the triumph of will. Arunima Sinha, the national level volleyball player who lost her leg after being thrown off a train, has scaled Mount Everest. Arunima achieved the fete On May 21, 2013 at 10:55 am.
Arunima climbed the Everest with an artificial leg.
Life took a complete turn for Arunima after she was pushed out of the moving Padmawati express for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by hoodlums in 2011.
She was hit by a passing train and was seriously injured. She was hospitalised with serious leg and pelvic injuries and in a bid to save her life, doctors had to amputate her left leg below the knee.
On April 12, 2011, Arunima Sinha lost a leg after she was thrown out of a moving train.
On April 12, 2013, Arunima was happy to leave behind the Summit of Island Peak (Height – 6160 metres). She was on her way up to the highest point on the planet.
On May 21, 2013, Arunima Sinha was on top of the world. 8,848-metres above sea level. Mount Everest.
Arunima lost her right leg, not hope and her heart was in the right place. She had boarded the train in Lucknow for Delhi where she was to attend a sports workshop. Then some hoodlums attempted to snatch her bag and chain.
A national-level volleyball player, Arunima wasn’t letting them get away, she lunged at them and overpowered one of the hoodlums but then the men outnumbered her and threw her off the train.
She was badly injured and the injuries to her right leg were critical. Doctors had to amputate that leg.
“When she was undergoing treatment at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) for four months, she could not do anything on herown. But then one day she decided to climb the Everest.”
Arunima, 26, became the first Indian woman with an artificial limb to achieve the feat. A 61-year-old American woman Rhonda Graham, a left-leg amputee, climbed Mount Everest in October 2011.
She started her expedition April 1 with Susan Mahto, a mountaineer from Jharkhand, with whom she successfully scaled the 6,622-metre Mount Chhamser Kangri in Ladakh in 2012.
Arunima was trained for over a year by Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest.
Pal, who is also the chief of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, said: “A year and a half ago, Arunima called me and expressed her desire to climb Everest. I could not believe that she wanted to do it without one leg.”
Arunima proved to the world that legs may help you climb mountains, but what one really needs is a heart, a brave heart.