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Arunima Sinha, first Indian amputee to conquer Mount Everest

New Delhi, May 22 (): Achieving the goal of her life, Arunima Sinha, a former national-level volleyball player created history by becoming the first Indian amputee to climb the world’s highest peak Mount Everest on Tuesday morning at 10:55 am.

Ms Sinha, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh was part of a Tata expedition to Mt Everest. She was earlier pushed out of a general compartment of Padmawati Express while defending against a chain-snatching attempt by some hooligans when she was travelling from Lucknow to Delhi on April 12, 2011. Ms Sinha was critically injured and her right leg was completely damaged after falling out of the train.

Recalling her memories, Arunima Sinha while speaking to the reporters said that after the accident, people started showing pity on her which she disliked. She decided to get her life back right in the hospital and started recovering slowly. She then realized she has to prove herself so that people stop looking towards her with pity.

Arunima Sinha claimed that she had come across people scaling the Mt Everest. After revealing her decision to her elder brother, Sinha spoke to her coach who encouraged her and helped her to achieve her goal.

Ms Sinha also did not forget to narrate about cricketer Yuvraj Singh who inspired her. Yuvraj sent her a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh and also spoke to her wishing her speedy recovery. She said that she later came to know that Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with cancer. After seeing Yuvraj Singh back in the game, Sinha decided to do something in her life.

Sinha also claimed that she felt motivated when she met Bachendri Pal, the first woman to conquer the Mt Everest. Twenty-five year old Sinha reached the 8,848 metre-high summit at 10.55 am as a member of the Eco Everest Expedition from the Tata Group, said an official of the Tourism Ministry from Nepal.