Shah Rukh Khan and his wife recently hit the headlines with the news of the couple having a surrogate child. But even before the good news could be confirmed by the celebrity couple, controversy struck when a certain NGO claimed that the couple had done sex determination test of the child, which is illegal in India. However, clearing the air on the matter, SRK sent out a press statement not only announcing the name of his son but also clarifying that he never did those tests as claimed by certain people. Following is the press statement sent out by SRK...
Amidst all the noise that has been going around, the sweetest is the one made by our new-born baby, AbRam.
He was born prematurely by several months but has finally come home.
Gauri and our whole family have been dealing with his health issues for a long time now.
As a family our silence on this subject has been because of the personal nature of emotional strife that we have been going through due to his health.
We wish to make a special mention and thank Dr. Jatin Shah for his expertise and contribution. We also wish to thank all the other doctors, nurses and medical staff who have made his life possible. As trying were the times, we never lost hope that life always brings with it.
Just to put the record straight there was no sex determination for our child. The baby was born much before the speculations of 'sex determination' and other 'issues' pertaining to the same were being raised in the media by some organisations.
Suffice to say his coming home puts to rest completely false and at times insensitive claims of sex determination and alleged illegalities.
We also apologise to all those other doctors and hospitals who had to face unwanted scrutiny and questioning by some parties.
Our son is a surrogate baby and the entire process is bound by strict confidentiality. We would appeal to all, to allow us to cherish this private moment as a family.
It seems unfortunate that I have to explain/clarify so many aspects for our new-born baby. Wish it were just a simple message of happiness on behalf of the family.
They say a baby is God's opinion that the world should go on. Post this statement, I hope we all move on too.
Shah Rukh Khan