PT Vol.8, Issue 5, Mar-Apr'17: An Interview with Arunima Sinha - World's First Female Amputee to scale Mount Everest

There is an old English proverb "Where there's a will, there's a way". We have also heard that “fortune favors the brave & the gritty”. But how many of us actually have the courage to exhibit this grit and heroism in our day to day lives?  How many of us pursue and achieve our goals despite difficulties and challenges? From battling the difficult days in the hospital to chasing her dreams of scaling the highest peak, here is a story of Arunima Sinha, who is a living example of courage, passion & dedication.

A mission near impossible, even for the able bodied, the arduous 8,848 metres hike to Mount Everest, the pinnacle of the sacred Himalayas has become a symbolic pilgrimage for record-setting, awareness-raising and charity drives, since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s maiden conquest of the Everest  on May 29, 1953. For Arunima Sinha though, it all started as a deeply personal journey during the darkest period of her life. On April 11, 2011, she was thrown out of a moving train for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by some hoodlums. She was hit by a passing train and was seriously injured. She was hospitalised with serious leg and pelvic injuries and in a bid to save her life, doctors had to amputate her left leg below the knee.

Leg is but obviously required to climb Mt. Everest, but what is needed most is a brave heart. The loss of a limb did not hinder Arunima Sinha from scaling the highest hurdles. Arunima conquered Mt. Everest on 21st May, 2013 by dint of her firm determination and strong will power to become the first Indian woman with an artificial limb to achieve this feat. In her own words, “Mountaineering is an unforgiving sport, where there are no second chances. Fundamental to the quest is self-belief, mental resilience, patience and humility,” she says. “On the slippery slopes of Mount Everest, there is no room for ego.”

Having conquered the world’s highest mountain, Arunima Sinha is now on a quest to tackle its humble cousins across the seven continents of the world and have already conquered six of them. An ardent devotee of Ramakrishna Paramahans and Swami Vivekananda, she plans to consecrate each peak with their idol. For Arunima Sinha, Swami Vivekananda’s clarion call “Arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached” shone like a beacon of hope in those very dark times.

As Physiotherapists, you all deal with people with disability in your day to day practice. Despite your best help and interventions, sometimes they lose hope. Sinha’s story is an inspiration to all such people who give up on their lives due to small obstacles. She has proved that a strong determination and will is far more important than a strong body. She overcame her challenges and made history. She has penned down her fascinating story of fighting against all odds to achieve the ultimate in her book “Born again on the mountains”. Grab a copy of her biography and witness her life saga.

Recent research confirms that the #1 way to make strong improvements in your life easily is to associate with people who you want to be and live like. We are sure Arunima’s story would inspire you to declare victory over your fears, feel exceptionally happy, strong, peaceful and rise to a way of being that's world-class.In our quest to feed your inner hero & fuel the history-maker within, we would continue to bring inspiring stories of such brave hearts who defy the norms, subvert the paradigm and create history.

Believe in your talents. Honor your gifts. And get ready to inspire the world. 

Cover Feature: An Interview with Arunima Sinha: World's first female amputee to scale Mount Everest

It is a story of the triumph of will. A story of courage, determination and dedication. A story of hope and resilience in the face of challenges. In 2011, twenty four year old national level volleyball player Arunima Sinha was thrown off a moving train by thieves for refusing to hand over the gold chain she was wearing. She lost her left leg when a train went over it. As she lay in the hospital bed, with one leg amputated, Arunima Sinha took a vow that many would think impossible. Her goa... Read More

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