Some people wants to live their life with dignity and self-respect. This is the story of seven time Indian volleyball player, mountaineer and world’s first female amputee “Arunima Sinha”, who scaled Mount Everest with Prosthetic leg. She successfully scaled the highest peaks on five continents: Australia, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.
Arunima was born in Ambedkar Nagar near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. She wanted to join Paramilitary forces. She was going Delhi, to take an examination to join CISF by Padmavati Express train. She was pushed out of a General Coach of the train by robbers, who wanted to snatch her gold chain. She got serious leg and pelvic injuries and was admitted to the AIIMS, doctors saved her life but she lost her leg, A Delhi-based Indian company offered her a prosthetic leg free of cost.
To fulfil her resolution of climbing Mount Everest, Arunima did the basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi. In 2011, she contacted Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest. In 2012, Arunima was trained under Bachendri Pal at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF).
On 21st May 2013, Arunima Sinha, reached the Summit of Mount Everest; becoming the world’s first female amputee to scale Everest. It took 52 days to her to reach the summit.
By 2014, Arunima had covered six peaks- Mt. Elburs of Russia (Europe) 5,642 m (18,510 ft), Prominence 4,741 m (15,554 ft) and Kilimanjaro of Tanzania (Africa) 5,895 m (19,341 ft) and Prominence 5,885 m (19,308 ft), 6th Peak Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m). On Jan 4th, 2019 she climbed the seventh peak on Antarctica and became the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson.
Arunima’s inspiring feat is recognised by Limca World Record. She was awarded “Padma Shri” (the fourth highest civilian award of India) in 2015. She was Awarded “Tenzing Norgay award” (Highest Mountaineering) in India same as Arjun Award.
She wrote a book “Born again on the mountain”, launched by Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.