The 71-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sudhir Choudhrie, learned he had a serious health condition at an early age, but turned his experience with a serious illness into something positive for society, enabling him to help others who are going through the same thing.

Born in 1949 in Delhi, India his mother saved his life when she took Sudhir Choudhrie to his first medical exam when he was eight, revealing he had a leaking valve, a rare condition in his heart that could have caused it to fail at any time.

Sudhir Choudhrie experienced heart problems throughout his life but was still a high achiever despite his heart condition, graduating with a degree in economics. In 1975 he founded his first business venture and would venture into the travel and hospitality sectors in India. His investments in Air Deccan turned it India’s largest low-price airline.

From 1995-2003, two heart attacks led him to discover his heart is failing because of a rare genetic mutation. In 1999 a compatible donor was found and he had a successful heart transplant. As of today, he is the world’s longest-living heart transplant recipient ever. Defying the odds led Choudhrie to change the focus of his life to helping organ donors and recipients, starting a charitable organization in 2010.

Sudhir Choudhrie has a message of hope and gratitude to share with all that will listen, as he continues to be surrounded and cherished by his loving family. He adds that he hopes it will inspire more people to become organ donors since a donor’s generosity has renewed his ambition to continue making the world a better place.

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