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Meet the Bengaluru boy who beat asthma to reach Mount Everest

Think Change India
30th Jun 2016
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Bengaluru boy, Satyarup Siddhanta suffered from asthma when he was in college. He always carried an inhaler and could never run short distances without gasping. Satyarup has come a long way since. He has gone on to scale the highest peak in the world—Mount Everest.

Image : Deccan Chronicle
Image : Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Herald reported that, Satyarup felt that asthma was draining his life and decided to do whatever it took to fight it. When he was in college he started running, swimming and doing breathing exercises everyday. Once during an attack, he felt that he could manage without the inhaler. Slowly, he started to reduce his dependency on the spray.

As he felt better, Satyarup also started trying food such as prawns which would trigger allergic asthma symptoms in his childhood. Many of his attempts to combat asthma went against the advice of his doctor-father. But Satyarup says his techniques worked for him and in about four years he had overcome asthma.

After he became confident of his health, Satyarup went for a trek to Parvathamalai, in Tamil Nadu in 2008. This gave him the boost required to try more arduous activities such as mountain climbing. As a child Satyarup had gone to Darjeeling and Sikkim for vacation, and had always been fascinated by the mountains.

He visited the Everest base camp in 2010 and promised himself that he would climb the peak someday without even knowing the effort it would take. But he started training for the future expedition diligently. Last year, he mobilised Rs 20 lakh through crowd-funding and went to climb the Everest. But the devastating Nepal earthquake and the avalanche forced his team to retreat. This year he went back and joined the elite group of mountaineers, who have stood on top of the world.

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