Indian mountaineer Arunima Sinha has become the first woman amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica.
On Thursday, Arunima informed about her success through a tweet-
The wait is over
we are glad to share with you
The World record
World's 1st woman amputee who climbed Mount Vinson (highest peak of Antarctica) has become to the name of our country India🇮🇳
Thank's to all for their blessings and pray
— Dr. Arunima Sinha (@sinha_arunima) January 3, 2019
Calling Arunima, the pride of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to congratulate her-
Congratulations to @sinha_arunima for scaling new heights of success.
She is the pride of India, who has distinguished herself through her hardwork and perseverance.
Wishing her the very best for her future endeavours. https://t.co/Fi8GTQ1QVn
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 4, 2019
Born in 1988, Arunima Sinha is from Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
She was a national level volleyball and football player and had qualified as a Head Constable in the CISF in 2012.
In 2013, she had become the world’s first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest.
Train Accident And A Prosthetic Leg
Arunima had boarded the Padmavati Express train at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh for Delhi on 11 April 2011, to take an examination to join the CISF. She was pushed out of a running train by thieves wanting to snatch her bag and gold chain.
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.
– Arunima Sinha
As she fell on the railway track, another train on a parallel track crushed her leg below the knee. Consequently, she lost her leg after doctors amputated it to save her life.
Indian Sports Ministry offered her a compensation of Rs. 25000 by the Indian Sports Ministry. Later, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Ajay Maken announced an additional Rs. 2,00,000 compensation as medical relief, together with a recommendation for a job in the CISF. Indian Railways also offered her a job.
Later, she was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and was provided a prosthetic leg free of cost by a private Delhi-based Indian company.
Inspiration, Resolution And Achievement
While she was being treated at AIIMS, cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s successful battle against cancer inspired her ‘to do something’ with her life. She resolved to climb Mount Everest.
Arunima’s elder brother, Omprakash further encouraged her to accomplish her goal with the prosthetic leg. Later, she excelled in the basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi.
She came in contact with Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest and signed up for training under her at the Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) 2012.
Arunima Sinha climbed Island Peak (6150 metres) in 2012 as preparation for her ascent of Everest.
On 1 April 2013, Sinha with her TSAF instructor, Susen Mahto started their ascent of Mount Everest. She reached the summit of Mount Everest on 21 May 2013, becoming the first female amputee to scale Everest.
She wrote a small message thanking the Almighty on a wrapped cloth and pressed it in the snow. Recounting the incident, she said-
It was my tribute to Shankara Bhagwan and Swami Vivekananda who has been an inspiration throughout my life.
– Arunima Sinha
First Woman Amputee To Climb Mount Vinson
Arunima Sinha had already climbed six by 2014- Mt Everest in Asia, Africa’s Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Ebrus in Europe, Mt Kosciuszko in Australia, Mt Aconcagua in Argentina and Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya). She has completed her final summit by climbing successfully on Mount Vinson in Antarctica.
I want to dedicate my achievements “to those who lose hope” so that they never lose heart and achieve their dreams. By conquering all the seven summits I will prove that physical disability can never be a hindrance in achieving your life’s goal if you have mental strength, strong will power and firm determination.
– Arunima Sinha
Arnima Sinha is now dedicated towards social welfare and wishes to open a free sports academy for the poor and differently-abled persons.