13 Years Young Girl Malavath Poorna – Inspiration to Coming Generations

Malavath Poorna at 13 climbed Mount Everest a rare feat by a Female

Malavath Poorna, a young 13 years village girl from a remote place in Andhra   achieved a rare feat of climbing Mount Everest.
It was great morning of 25th May to India and to all Young People in the world. At 6 am on this day thirteen-year-old Malavath Poorna became the youngest girl to climb the world’s tallest peak – Mount Everest. She hoisted India flag and the photograph of Dalit leader Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.Malavath Poorna is from the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (APSWREIS).
She recollects the ‘ten commandments’ that the ‘Swaeroes’ recite while in turbulent state which says
‘I am not inferior to anyone, I shall be a leader, I will think big and aim high, I will never give up’.She observes six dead bodies while taking the tough climb – She was lately tired and now afraid seeing dead next to her. She then recollected the above commandments in this adverse situation and mentally thanked her ‘Secretary Sir’ for given her the courage and confidence to do this rare feet. The  IPS Officer R.S. Praveen Kumar,is the “secretary Sir’ of Malavath Poorna and  the brains behind introducing adventure sports among many others things into the curriculum as a confidence-building measure for the youngsters who all come from poor backgrounds. Malavath Poona recollects the difficulties she met in her climb to Mount Everest – like high altitude dangers (lack of Oxygen, freezing situation)    “I cannot even describe how difficult the climb was, but I decided to fulfill the dreams of Secretary Sir,”Malavath Poorna, the daughter of Devidas and Laxmi, both agricultural labourers, said.
She recalled the fears at high altitudes and how her team over came:
  • Frostbite:  At temperatures below 4°C (25°F) which is skin’s freezing point and humans are at risk of frostbite. Frostbite is three degrees deep – frost nip, superficial frostbite, and deep frostbite. One can not recognize frostbite in its first stage  because the affected area will be numb.  At this stage the problem is curable with medical treatment. However, in severe frostbite, permanent damage is possible, depending on how long and how deeply the tissue is frozen. In severe cases, blood flow to the area may stop and blood vessels, muscles, nerves, tendons, and bones are permanently affected. If the frozen tissue dies, the area is amputated.


  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): At altitudes above 8200 ft, human body receives less oxygen and blood flow to the brain increases causing swelling of the brain and the following symptoms will result.
  1. Headache
  2. Exhaustion
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Nausea or vomiting

The best treatment for this problem is to descent immediately.

  • High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): If the brain swelling is at higher levels it is a dangerous condition and known as high altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Symptoms of HACE include:
    1.  Profoundly inhibited mental function
    2.  Hallucinations
    3.  Loss of muscle coordination
    4. Impaired speech
    5. Severe headache
    6. Nausea or vomiting
    7. Coma

    Immediate treatment is either immediate descent or use of a hyperbolic oxygen chamber.

  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) : At altitudes above 2500m or 8300 ft. – HAPE –  flu-like symptoms that will lead to death if left unattended  At these altitudes body tries to get more oxygen by diverting more blood flow to the lungs causing HAPE. The symptoms include
    1.  Extreme difficulty breathing
    2. Very rapid breathing rate
    3.  Exhaustion
    4. Lack of motivation
    5.  Pale complexion
    6. Constant coughing
    7. Gurgling sounds coming from chest

    The best and recommended treatment to this adverse condition is enough rest time, as over-exertion multiplies the likelihood that this condition will strike. After the onset of symptoms, death can ensue extremely rapidly, so immediate descent is vital.

Malavath Poorna adds other dangers like

  • Stepping in the wrong place and falling into crevasse.
  • Lack of Oxygen cylinders
  • Afternoon Storms
  • Falls and avalanches

 When this lad could surpass these risks and make a great feat why not all youngsters. Is this not this article an inspiration