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On May 21st this year, Arunima Sinha became the first female amputee to scale Mount Everest.
A former national level volleyball and football player, 26 year old Arunima Sinha’s life took a drastic turn 2 years back. Thrown out of a moving train for resisting a robbery, Arunima was hit by a passing train. She recovered after being in a critical condition and fighting for her life for several days. Sadly, her left leg could not be saved.
But Arunima had no place for pity in her life. Determined to not let the unfortunate incident overtake her life, Arunima decided that she had to do something about it. She started training for her feat and under the guidance of Bachendri Pal became the first woman to climb Mount Everest with prosthetic legs.
Earlier, Arunima had also qualified for the post of Head Constable with the Indian Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Through her grit and perseverance, Arunima has proved that disability cannot defeat her spirit and zest for life.
Why we find her inspiring:
– For not letting her misfortune discourage her and instead boldly overcoming her obstacles
– For proving yet again that women can do anything if they set their minds to it
– For reinforcing the fact that differently-abled people are as talented and as capable as everyone else
*Photo source: mid-day.com.
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