By Ashwani Kumar
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Arunima Sinha, the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest says the whole aim of her quest was to prove to the world what a woman, an amputee, can do if she is determined.
Arunima Sinha is someone who rules her life with an iron rod. The world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest was in the Capital for an inspiring speech as part of the 28th Annual International Seminar held by the Abu Dhabi Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
The 28-year-old woman from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has a rod inserted in her right leg and has prosthetics on the left. And she has a stirring but surreal past.
Her father passed away during her early years. She became a national level volleyball player but was desperate to have a steady job. She got a call letter from the Central Industrial Security Force but there were some typos in it and Arunima decided to visit New Delhi to rectify the error. It was a decision that changed her life forever.
“It was in 2011. I was in the general compartment of the train a gang of thieves were robbing everyone. They came after my gold chain. I fought and could’ve got the better of them but then they threw me out of the moving train. Unfortunately, another train was coming on the next track and I was ping-ponged. Once the trains passed, I tried to get up but couldn’t as my leg was severed. At night, rats would nibble at my severed leg and I could just watch it and wail in pain as my hands were fractured,” the woman from Ambedkar Nagar near Lucknow said. Next morning, villagers admitted her to District Hospital Bareilly, where her misery got worse.