An Indian woman who lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago has become the first female amputee to climb Everest.
Powered by sheer grit and determination, the 25-year-old girl successfully scaled the 8,848 metre-high world’s tallest summit on May 21.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), has taken the decision of promoting and appointing her as an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) in its establishment. The out-of-turn promotion to the young girl will be given to her in view of her daunting feat beating all odds. The joy of being elevated and honored by being appointed as a police officer in the CISF would come as a redemption for Arunima.
Two years ago Arunima, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, was pushed out of the general compartment after she resisted a chain-snatching attempt by some criminals, as she was travelling from Lucknow to Delhi to appear in an exam for recruitment of constable in the CISF.She was hit by a passing train and was seriously injured. She was hospitalized with serious leg and pelvic injuries and in a bid to save her life; doctors had to amputate her left leg below the knee.
Right after that came the moment of epiphany — that she could either drown herself in self-pity or she could work towards picking up the pieces of her life and having it all again. The pitiful looks she got from her well-wishers at the hospital helped her make a choice“Everyone was worried for me. I realized I had to do something in my life so that people would stop looking at me with pity,” she told a TV channel before leaving on her expedition.
After reading about how those climbing the Everest had beaten several odds, she knew little else spelled as triumphant as scaling the 8,848m-High Mountain. Egged on by her elder brother and her coach, she began training in Uttarkashi last year where she was groomed by Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to conquer the Everest.
Arunima had approached CISF headquarters requesting employment in the force and taking a sympathetic view of her case, the force asked for directions from the home ministry and department of personnel and training (DoPT).
The Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, which sponsored Sinha’s climb, contacted Sherpa’s Asian Trekking company in 2012 about providing training and guiding for the expedition.”We knew her story, we knew she recovered well from the amputation because she’s a very active athlete,” Sherpa said, adding that the company trained her on Nepal’s Island Peak during the 2012 spring climbing season.
The 26-year-old completed her journey from Kathmandu to the Everest’s peak in 52 days as a member of the Eco Everest Expedition. Her achievement coincides with the 60th anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s feat on May 29, 1953.The Everest isn’t her first conquest. She scaled the 6,622m-high Mount Chhamser Kangri of Ladakh last year, while keeping her eyes on the big prize.