Rahul is 6 years old and lives in Sargot Ganjam district of Odisha. His father is a labourer and Rahul has an elder sister who is 12 years old. Rahul lives with sister, mother, father and grandparents.
Since the age of 5 months, Rahul has been a small child with a tendency to vomit and be unwell. His parents took him to the local doctor at Bhubaneshwar who recommended that he go to a cardiac centre in Bangalore as he was suffering from Congenital Heart Defect (CHD(. However, the costs of the treatment were extremely high and finally in 2016 they were referred to Sathya Sai hospital in Raipur where children are treated free. There was a long waiting list for children waiting for treatment because of which the hospital suggested that they go to Fortis Escorts Heart Centre which collaborates with Fortis Foundation to support children suffering from CHD.
Rahul underwent a surgery in July 2017 and his parents were most excited about his recovery.