Meet Arunima Sinha aka Sonu, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. An ordinary girl from Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, with strong willpower and courageous heart. She was a top-level volleyball player, before a train accident in 2011 that changed her life.
Few chain snatchers tried to snatch her gold chain on a train running from Lucknow to Bareilly. She offended them, as her sportsmanship blood boosted her with energy. The thieves in anger threw her from the moving train. Unfortunately, another train passed and she fell into a trap of two moving fast trains.
After recovering consciousness, Sonu found blood on her thighs. Her other leg was crushed by the passing train. That terrible night this girl kept crying and shouting for help. Around morning, the villagers near Bareilly discovered and admitted her at the nearest District Hospital.
Doctors were shocked at her critical situation; she was amputated below the knee. Now her life was a big challenge, there was no career and future left. As a sports person, Sonu’s dreams broke down. To support her basic needs, the Indian Sports Ministry provided her with compensation to move with life.
During treatment at the hospital, Yuvraj Singh visited her. She gained the strength of climbing the Everest from strong support of her elder brother Omprakash. After, discharging from medical practices she began basic mount climbing course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi.
Arunima’s dedication won the heart of Bachendri Pal, the first Indian women to climb Mount Everest. In 2011, Arunima began her training under Bachendri Pal at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) 2012. Sonu climbed Island Peak (6150 meters) in 2012 as a first step towards the approach to the Everest.
She climbed Mount Chhasmer Kangri (6622 meters) in 2012. On 1st April 2013, Arunima began the ascent to Mount Everest under the guidance of Bachendri Pal. Arunima reached the summit of Mount Everest at 10:55 am on 21st May 2013. She taught the world, how to remove “Im” from Impossible. Arunima’s aim is seven summits and she has already submitted 4, rest 3 are left.
Arunima Sinha, was awarded Padma Shri Award, the 4th civilian award of India, in 2015. Currently, she is involved towards social welfare and aims to open a free sports academy for differently disabled persons with the name “Pandit Chandra Shekhar Vikalang Khel Academy”. For her supporters, she has written a book “Born Again on the Mountain”, which was launched in December 2014 by the honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendera Modi.
Indian’s are proud of Arunima Sinha. Today she is the inspiration for young girls out there, bounded by shackles of life or witnessing a painful phase in life. Wake up! Let us make a new start by supporting this young woman. Salutes, to Arunima Sinha!
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