Moving story of Arunima Sinha

Indian woman becomes first female amputee to climb Mount Everest

An Indian woman who lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago has become the first female amputee to climb Everest.

An Indian woman who lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago has become the first female amputee to climb Everest.Arunima Sinha lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago has become the first female amputee to climb Everest Photo: EPA

By AFP

9:04AM BST 22 May 2013

Arunima Sinha, 26, from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, reached the peak on Tuesday morning after a slow climb from Everest Base Camp.

"She left high camp at 6pm on Monday evening and arrived at the summit at 10:55am (0510 GMT) on Tuesday," Ang Tshering Sherpa, founder of Asian Trekking, the company that organised the expedition, told the AFP news agency.

Two years ago, the former national-level volleyball player was shoved from a moving train by thieves when she reportedly attempted to fight them off as they tried to stealing her purse.

A passing train crushed her left leg, forcing doctors to amputate below the knee to save her life.

"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," Sinha told Indian TV before leaving for the climb.

Tom Whittaker, a British mountaineer, became the first person with a disability to summit the peak in 1998 after a car crash almost two decades earlier had forced him to have his foot amputated.

Edited by Chris Irvine for telegraph.co.uk

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