Arunima Sinha becomes first Indian amputee to scale Mt Everest

Arunima Sinha, a former national level volleyball player who had lost one of her legs after being thrown off a moving train, has created history by becoming the first Indian amputee to scale Mount Everest. 25-year-old Sinha reached the 8,848 metre-high summit of the world's highest peak at 10.55 am on Tuesday, as a member of the Eco Everest Expedition from the Tata Group, an official of the Tourism Ministry of Nepal said. Sinha, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, was pushed out of the general compartment of Padmawati Express for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by some criminals, while travelling from Lucknow to Delhi on 12th April, 2011.

She was hit by a passing train and was seriously injured. She was hospitalised with serious leg and pelvic injuries and in a bid to save her life, doctors had to amputate her left leg below the knee. In an interview to an Indian TV channel before leaving for her expedition, Sinha recollected how she had decided to get her life back right in the hospital when she was recovering. "At that time everyone was worried for me. I then realised I had to do something in my life so that people stop looking at me with pity. I read about people scaling the Mt Everest. I spoke to my older brother and my coach who only encouraged me," she said.

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