In 2011, Arunima Sinha was thrown off a train by some robbers resulting in an amputated leg. Many tried to pass this incident off as a suicide but eventually she managed to prove it to be an accident. She says, “I was lying on the tracks bleeding; one leg had to be amputated, while I have a rod in the other leg.” While many would have quit on their lives at this point, Arunima had just begun hers. On 18 April 2011, she was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for further treatment. She was provided with a prosthetic leg free of cost by a private Delhi-based Indian company.
I was lying on the tracks bleeding; one leg had to be amputated, while I have a rod in the other leg.”
While still being treated here, she vowed to climb Mount Everest. She underwent training in basic mountaineering. She says that one must respect the mountain, and goes on to say, “You have to train yourself to be humble in the face of a mountain; you can’t try to outsmart the mountain. If there are any rules you have to follow and abide by them or the mountain will not let you cross her.” Quite obviously, Arunima would face a lot more challenges than the others with her artificial leg. She says she had to prepare her body differently as she is slow when compared to the others trying to conquer the glorious mountain. After the passion, dedication and effort that she had put in, Arunima became the first and only female amputee to scale Mount Everest on May 21st, 2013. It took 52 days for the brave amputee to reach the summit.
Do something that will make people want to follow your footsteps. People have a strong tendency to forget quickly, so you must keep doing things to make sure you are remembered.”
In December, Arunima is planning on going to Antarctica. Although it doesn’t tower over sea level by as much as Mount Everest, the temperature can go down to as low as -45°C. She says that the days are very short and is a paramount task to survive. However, we have no doubt in our mind that Arunima has the grit to conquer the task. She says, “Do something that will make people want to follow your footsteps. People have a strong tendency to forget quickly, so you must keep doing things to make sure you are remembered.” She is an inspiration to all that make excuses to overcome minuscule tasks on a day to day basis. She has conquered Mount Everest with prosthetic legs. What’s your excuse?