Fear is a reaction and Courage is a decision. Lying down fighting for life and death. Arunima Sinha could have easily given up on life and the system that crippled her. But she decided to fight for herself, a bunch of people can only cripple you physically but there holds only one person that can paralyze you as an individual. Your own mindset.
Arunima Sinha born in the city of Ambedkar Nagar Lucknow has achieved so much that an average individual will find it hard to believe. Mad4india brings in the story and passion of Arunima Sinha whose story clenches the power of making you do the impossible.
The Accident that Changed Everything
Arunima Sinha is the first amputee to climb Mount Everest. But before attaining that there’s a story that gave her the calling to thrive at the highest peaks of the world. Arunima was thrown off a train running in 2011 by thieves while she was going to give her CISF examination. While resisting the robbery and refusing to give them a gold chain, she got targeted by the thieves and as a fallout, one of her legs had to be amputated below the knee.
All night long Arunima Sinha, who had her leg cut off, screamed in pain. She continued to fight for her life in the hospital for four months. After receiving an artificial limb, she decided to overcome it with double force.
‘You We Can‘
Motivated by yet another inspiring story of Yuvraj Singh and his battle with cancer. She decided to fight it out like a boss. She didn’t want the job provided as compensation to her. She wanted to live life to the fullest and not in pity.
She joined the Eco Everest Expedition team at a training camp run by the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation in Uttarkashi and trained under mountaineer Bachendri Pal. During her year-long mental and physical training, she sometimes felt discouraged when she could not meet “normal” people, but her strong commitment kept Arunima Sinha going.
‘The Everest Trek‘
In less than two years, Arunima Sinha was ready to climb the highest mountain peak.
Despite the decline in air supply and ongoing warnings from the Sherpa, Arunima decided to wait at a high place for a few minutes to quickly record a video of her success
Most hikes are done at night when the weather is calm. When Arunima came out of the South camp that night, wherever her light pointed, she could only see corpses. But she went up.
‘Arunima Sinha and The Indian National Flag‘
When she was too close to the finishing line, she got a big jolt from her Sherpa.
When she returned to the base, she was completely out of breath and fell to the ground. With a sigh, she somehow told her Sherpa, “If I don’t survive today, please make sure my video reaches India so that my victory encourages everyone who thinks of quitting.”
A British mountaineer who decided to return home without having to climb a mountain that day had thrown away an additional air cylinder. Sherpa Kancha quickly picked up the cylinder and that saved Arunima’s life.
On May 21, 2013, at 10.55 am, Arunima made history. She hoisted the national flag at Mt Everest, becoming the first woman in the world to have her limb amputated to reach the highest point in the world. It took her 52 days to reach the summit.
After climbing Everest, she set herself the goal of climbing the highest peaks in all seven continents of the world. In total, she has already made 7 peaks over time:
1. Everest in Asia, 2. Kilimanjaro in Africa, 3. Elbrus in Europe, 4. Kosciuszko, Australia and 5. Aconcagua in Argentina has the top five peaks in the world, Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Indonesia. She completed her final summit of Mount Vinson in Antarctica on 1 January 2019.
Arunima Sinha has been awarded Padma Shri which is the 4th highest civilian award in the country. She has also jotted down her life in the book ‘Born again on the Mountain”.
Mad4India congratulates Arunima Sinha on her feat and inspiring millions of people all around the world.
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