Story of Arunima Sinha  From Tragedy to Triumph

By Nidhi Singh

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Arunima Sinha, born on July 20, 1989, in Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, and is a renowned Indian mountaineer and athlete.

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Love for Volleyball

She is also a 7 time Indian volleyball player.

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Tragic Incident

Arunima Sinha, a previous national volleyball and football athlete, embarked on the Padmavati Express from Lucknow to Delhi on April 12, 2011, aiming to sit for a CISF entrance exam. Unfortunately, hooligans forcibly pushed her out of the train's general coach in an attempt to steal her bag and gold chain for their gain.

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Right after falling onto the railway track, a train on an adjacent track crushed her leg below the knee. With severe leg and pelvic injuries, she was swiftly taken to the hospital. Doctors, in a bid to save her life, had to amputate her leg.

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Instead of succumbing to the tragedy, Arunima unearthed inner resilience and determination, choosing not just to recuperate but to strive for something truly remarkable.

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Mountaineering Dream

In the course of her recuperation, she found inspiration in the accomplishments of mountaineers, leading her to make the ambitious decision to scale Mount Everest.

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Summiting Mount Everest

Merely two years post her tragic incident in 2011, Arunima Sinha accomplished her aim, becoming the first female amputee to conquer Mount Everest in 2013. Her remarkable achievement captured worldwide attention, highlighting her unwavering determination, resilience, and bravery.

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Subsequent Achievements

Following her Mount Everest triumph, Arunima Sinha set her sights on scaling the seven highest peaks across seven continents. By 2014, she had conquered six peaks spanning Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, Africa, and North America.

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Advocacy and Inspiration

Arunima Sinha, a champion for the differently-abled, persistently inspires others through her speeches, writings, and motivational dialogues, urging individuals to chase their aspirations despite adversities.

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