Arunima "Sonu" Sinha is
the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. She is also the first Indian
amputee to climb Mount Everest.
She was a national level volleyball
player who was pushed out of a running train by thieves in 2011 while resisting
them. One of her legs had to be amputated below the knee as a result.
Sinha is from Ambedkar Nagar in
Uttar Pradesh, India. She had qualified as a Head Constable in the CISF in
Sinha, a former national volleyball
and football player, boarded the Padmavati Express train at Lucknow for Delhi
on 11 April 2011, to take an examination to join the CISF. Thieves wanting to
snatch her bag and gold chain pushed her out of a general coach of the train.
Recounting the incident, she said "I
resisted and they pushed me out of the train. I could not move. I remember
seeing a train coming towards me. I tried getting up. By then, the train had
run over my leg. I don't remember anything after that"
Immediately, as she fell on the railway
track, another train on a parallel track crushed her leg below the knee. She
was rushed to the hospital with serious leg and pelvic injuries, and lost her
leg after doctors amputated it to save her life.
On 18 April 2011, she was brought to
the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for further treatment, spending
four months at the Institute. A private Delhi-based Indian company provided her
a prosthetic leg free of cost.
An inquiry by the police into the
incident threw her version of the accident into doubt. According to the police,
she was either attempting suicide or met with an accident while crossing the
railway tracks. Arunima claimed that the police were lying. Contrary to the
police claims the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court ordered Indian Railways
to pay a compensation of INR500000 (US$7,700) to Arunima Sinha.
While still being treated in the All
India Institute of Medical Sciences, she resolved to climb Mount Everest, She
was inspired by cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who had successfully battled cancer,
"to do something" with her life. She excelled in the basic
mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi,
and was encouraged by her elder brother Omprakash to climb Everest with a
prosthetic leg. He contacted Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb
Mount Everest, in 2011 by telephone and signed up for training under her at the
Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) 2012.Sinha
climbed Island Peak (6150 metres) in 2012 as preparation for her ascent of
On 1 April 2013, Sinha and Susen
Mahto, a TSAF instructor, who had together climbed Mount Chhamser Kangri (6622
metres) in 2012 under the guidance of Bachendri Pal started their ascent of
Mount Everest. After a hard toil of 17 hours, Sinha reached the summit of Mount
Everest at 10:55 am on 21 May 2013, as part of the Tata Group-sponsored Eco
Everest Expedition, becoming the first female amputee to scale Everest. She
took 52 days to reach the summit.
The Indian Sports Minister Jitendra
Singh congratulated her on her achievement. Uttar Pradesh chief minister
Akhilesh Yadav on Friday honoured Arunima Sinha, the first Indian amputee to
climb Mount Everest.
The Chief minister said Sinha by her
hard work and determination had climbed the Mount Everest and created a
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra
Modi, launched “Born Again on the
Mountain”, a book by Arunima about her unforgettable story on December 12,
Arunima Sinha is now dedicated
towards social welfare and she wants to open a free sports academy for the poor
and differently-abled persons. She is donating all the financial aids she is
getting through awards and seminars for the same cause. The academy would be
named Pandit Chandra Shekhar Vikalang Khel Academy.
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