Sudhir Choudhrie was once an Indian boy facing a serious health problem. Now he is making a name for himself as a philanthropist and business man. Columbia University Medical Centre has a Professorship of Cardiology that was established in his name and is still impacting lives positively today.
Childhood Health Issues
Sudhir was eight years old when his first complete medical exam revealed a leaking heart valve causing his heart to miss a beat. This caused him health problem his entire life and his is predisposed to infections. While this could have caused his heart to stop at any time, Sudhir Choudhrie did not let this stop him when it came to him achieving his goals.
In 1975 Choudhrie started his career at Magnum International Trading Company Ltd. His focus was on exploring and expanding the export market in India, networking, making connections and getting to know the market so he could help other businesses in the same field. In 1995 he began work with Adidas AG and Taj Hotels and Resorts which he created four local resorts in India, Taj Kerala. These resorts were popular with both the locals and the tourists. He created Adidas Indian Trading to introduce the brand in India with over 180 manufacturing facilities and stores.
Embracing Life: Seeking a Transplant
Sudhir Choudhrie eventually collapsed after a demanding schedule and months of his health deteriorating. It was recommended that he get a transplant after his heart gave out twice during only a few years’ time. Sudhir was in urgent need of a heart transplant. Doctors were able to find a heart for him in the mist of this emergency.
It has been over two decades since the transplant and although there have been advances in medical science few transplants have had such a long rate of success. Sudhir Choudhrie is one of the world’s longest heart transplant survivors.