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Meet Arunima Sinha, the first woman amputee to scale Antarctica’s highest peak

Think Change India
7th Jan 2019
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After unfurling the Indian flag at Mt Everest in 2013, 30-year-old Padmashri Awardee Arunima Sinha has become the world’s first woman amputee to scale Mount Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak.

Thirty-year-old Arunima Sinha has proved that disability is not an obstacle to success. She may have lost her leg in a horrific incident few years ago, but nothing could stop Arunima from achieving her goal. Arunima has become the first woman amputee to have climbed Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica.

Arunima Sinha
Arunima Sinha is the first woman amputee to scale Mount Vinson. (Source Momspresso)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Padmashri awardee on her latest achievement and tweeted:

Congratulations to @sinha arunima for scaling new heights of success. She is the pride of India, who has distinguished herself through her hard work and perseverance. Wishing her the very best for her future endeavours.

An Indian mountaineer and a national level volleyball player, Arunima’s first achievement was in 2013 when she became the first woman amputee to scale Mount Everest. Apart from that, she has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Kosciuszko in Australia, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and Mount Aconcagua in South America.

Arunima Sinha
Arunima Sinha. Source Khelnama

Unfortunately, she lost her leg in 2011 after she was pushed from a running train by dacoits. Arunima made the ‘Mission Seven Summit’ her goal in life when she was admitted at Delhi’s AIIMS in April 2011, reported India Today.

In a conversation with the Daily Mail, she said,

“I was an amputee... people were looking at me with pity in their eyes. I decided then and there that I would do something to prove myself.”

“My objective is to climb six peaks in six continents. I still feel pain in my body at times. I have a plate and a rod inserted,” she said, according to a report by Indian Express.


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