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Every once in a while, you come across stories of extraordinary courage and unmatched determination. One such story is that of @sinha_arunima.Dr. Arunima Sinha is the worlds first female amputee to scale Mt Everest. Lets witness her story
In 2011, Arunima, a national level volleyball player was travelling in a train. Some burglars enterered the coach and demanded her gold chain, and on her refusal, pushed her her out of the moving train. She was hit by a passing train and suffered severe injuries.
This incident , which she describes as her “darkest hour”, changed her life completely. After the train incident, doctors had to amputate her leg below the knee to save her life. A rod was inserted inside her leg to provide support to the damaged limb.
She hated the look of pity and sympathy in everyone’s eyes. She yearned to do something that could help her regain what she had lost – her confidence. She now had a prosthetic leg and a strong will to succeed. She set out to do something extraordinary.
She joined Eco Everest Expedition group and got trained under ace mountaineer Bachendri Pal. While going through rigorous mental and physical training she would sometimes feel disheartened when she could not catch up with “normal” people, but her strong dedication kept her going.
Sinha eventually climbed 21,110 ft up Mt Chhamser Kangri (21,798 ft) of Ladakh in September 2011, but had to abandon the expedition 690 ft short of the summit due to bad weather conditions. But her aim was to scale the Everest.
On May 21, 2013 the "impossible" feat materialized. After immense hard work, training and 52 days of a difficult climb from Kathmandu to the top of the peak she fulfilled her dream as she conquered the highest summit which was 8,848 meters above the sea level
Today she has scaled multiple peaks is a Padma Shri and a Tenzing Norgay National awardee. She has been conferred an honorary doctrate by University of Strathclyde. On the occasion of #WomensDay, i salute @sinha_arunima for her courage to defy all odds. She is a true inspiration
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