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Updated: May 22, 2013 10:20 IST

Arunima is first woman amputee to scale Everest

Bindu Shajan Perappadan
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Twenty five year-old Sinha reached the summit of the highest peak in the world on Tuesday. Photo R.V. Moorthy.
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Twenty five year-old Sinha reached the summit of the highest peak in the world on Tuesday. Photo R.V. Moorthy.

At 10.55 a.m. Tuesday, Arunima Sinha, 26, became India’s first woman to conquer Mt. Everest on a prosthetic leg. A former national volleyball player, Arunima lost her left leg, having been thrown off a moving train for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by some criminals on April 12, 2011.

She sustained serious leg and pelvic injuries, and to save her life, doctors had to amputate her left leg below the knee. Arunima, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, was airlifted to Delhi’s All-India Institute of Medical Sciences Trauma Centre.

Arunima completed her expedition from Kathmandu to the top of the peak in 52 days.

As per information released on Tuesday by the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF), which supported her climb, Arunima followed Susen Mahato, another climber of the Foundation, who scaled Mt. Everest on May 19, 2013.

Before leaving for her expedition, Arunima had said she “had decided to get her life back right in the hospital when she was recovering.”

“When I was in the hospital, everyone was worried for me, and I realised that I had to do something in my life so that people would stop looking at me with pity. I spoke to my elder brother and my coach about climbing the Everest, and they encouraged me,” she said.

For her successful climb, Arunima trained under Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to conquer the Everest. Congratulating Arunima on her achievement, Ms. Pal said: “It’s a moment of pride for the whole nation. The spirit, mental strength and will power of Arunima have been exemplary … She has defied all odds and will be an inspiration for millions throughout the world.”

Thrilled at his patient having conquered Mt. Everest, AIIMS Trauma Centre head M.C. Misra said: “I knew that she wanted to climb the Everest but I am absolutely speechless and happy to hear that she has managed to do it so soon.”

Saluting Arunima’s “courage, grit, determination and dedication,” Tata Steel official Sunil Bhaskaran said: “These qualities played a major role in her very special achievement. Youth of the country will derive inspiration from achievers like Arunima who have now etched their names in history for their extraordinary and brave achievements, despite all odds.”

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You are really inspiring..What an attitude? No words to describe..we salute your achievement ..you are a one of the real inspiring women on the earth...Congratulations..

from:  Anil
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 13:16 IST

Congratulations,Brave Heart!You are the real icon of our nation.

from:  Rabi Rousn Kachari
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 09:41 IST

Congrats! Arunima. You have achieved no mean feat and will inspire many who have undergone such mental agony while fighting against the odds.Wish you "All the best!"

from:  Anish Ghosh
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 18:13 IST

wow wat a woman real life achievers

from:  Chandrakumar
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 16:28 IST

Congrats Arunima.

from:  Dr. Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 15:06 IST

Extraordinary feat of great determination. You are an inspiration to all Mankind.

from:  Danny
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 14:06 IST

Salute you Madam!!! Salute your will power!!!

from:  Shiva
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 13:50 IST

Salute ! What an inspiration.

from:  Swami
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 12:51 IST

She proved that is life is much more than what we just see from our eyes.
No words, to describe fer feat. None.Speechless.
What I can derive out of it is nothing is impossible. Nothing.

from:  Varun Jaiswal
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 12:03 IST

She has proved that everything is possible in life if you have will power to do it. We cry for so small things in life, but looking at this girl we should definately learn to stand strong in case of any damn challenge. Hats off!

from:  Shweta
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 11:55 IST

A role model for all us. Instead of dwelling on the loss - an irreparable loss incurred for standing up to wrong doers - she fixes her next target - to climb the highest mountain on earth - and goes on to achieve it. Truly inspiring!

from:  S Sundar Kumar Iyer
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 11:23 IST

Take a bow madam. You are a great source of inspiration to the young
population of India to prove that nothing is impossible.

from:  Senthilkumar
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 11:17 IST

Kudos to Arunima for fighting back and proving that she has the guts to pick up the threads in her life all over again after having her leg amputated. Here extraordinary strength and morale should serve as an inspiration to one and all, including the able bodied. The nation should honour this brave warrior appropriately.

from:  C.V. Aravind
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 11:02 IST

Hats off to this brave heart, she has done tremendous work. Its a example for those who wish to do something very different but have dought, so its been proven leave the doughts and cherish your dreams.
Great job Arunima.

from:  Kunwar Mithlesh shaktawat
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 10:10 IST

Hats off to you Lady! You have made us proud!

from:  Tarun
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 10:02 IST

Inspiring act!! Having been to a small hill in and around Bangalore, I can see how difficult it should have been!! Kudos!

from:  Satish Kandukuri
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 09:52 IST

Congratulations to a brave warrior. You are a great role model to the country during the ugly season of greedy sports.

from:  V.Ram
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 07:56 IST

congratulations!!!People like you are really a inspiration.

from:  Lukas
Posted on: May 21, 2013 at 19:15 IST

A very brave and highly commendable job and one of greatest
accomplishments I have seen recently. Congratulations on conquering the
Mount Everest

from:  Vidya
Posted on: May 21, 2013 at 19:15 IST
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