Alive and living a life that inspires others to never give up Nando Parrado is one of the finest examples of inspiration on the planet. His human will to survive reaches deeper than humanly possible yet, some how it is! He survived what most could not and he went on to live and inspire others in a way that most never will. Join us tonight with our special guest Nando Parrado as we go past his biography to bring you the real story behind this amazingly inspiring gifted man.
Nando Parrado was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, to a middle-class family. He has an older sister, Graciela, and a younger sister, Susana. He studied at the Stella Maris School, where from an early age he demonstrated special skills for sports and excelled in rugby.
In 1972, he and his teammates were traveling to Chile to participate in an international rugby exhibition. Their flight never arrived at its destination; it tragically crashed at 18,000 feet in the Cordillera de los Andes.
In the two-and-a-half months that followed, Nando’s life was changed completely. His mother and younger sister, Susana, were killed in the accident. Nando made a superhuman effort, survived for 72 days, and found his way out of the Andes, after an 11-day snowy trek through the mountains with his friend Roberto Canessa.
Soon after the rescue of the survivors because of the epic passage of Nando and Roberto, the survivors worked with Piers Paul Read to write the bestseller, Alive. Twenty years later, he served as the technical adviser in the production of the film, Alive, where he was played by Ethan Hawke.
Nando Parrado is the President of MRC Ltda, a company that has been producing two of the most renowned television programs in Uruguay for the last thirty years
Nando Parrado is also the president of La Casa del Tornillo (Seler Parrado, SA). La Casa del Tornillo has been the most prestigious industrial hardware store in Uruguay since 1958.