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Baby boy for Aamir-Kiran

entertainment Updated: Dec 06, 2011 14:21 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
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Superstar couple opt for surrogate mother, In Vitro Fertilisation .Trust Aamir Khan to be super-secretive about his work.

The actor, along with wife Kiran Rao, has managed to keep the news of their baby boy under wraps too. But the secret finally got out yesterday. And no one really had heard about it because their child was born through (In Vitro Fertilisation) to a surrogate mother.

“It gives us the greatest joy to share with you the good news of the birth of our baby boy. This baby is especially dear to us because he was born to us after a long wait and some difficulty,” says the couple in a jointly worded statement.

The delivery apparently happened on December 1 at a private clinic in Bandra.

Apparently, the news first trickled in on Twitter when filmmaker Kunal Kohli, who has worked with Aamir in Fanaa (2006), tweeted before noon on Monday “Congrats Aamir and Kiran. Lots of love to you and your li’l baby boy. So so happy for all 3 of you.”

According to Aamir and Kiran, they were advised to have a baby through In Vitro Fertilisation-surrogacy due to medical complications.

“We feel very grateful to the Almighty that all has gone well. We are humbled by the greatness of God, the miracles of science, and the kindness and love of our families and friends in being there for us while respecting our privacy,” the two added, “We seek your good wishes and blessings for our child.”

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It’s believed that everything was kept so hush-hush that even their closest friends didn’t know about it.

Back in 2009, Kiran had suffered a miscarriage. She was reportedly three months pregnant.

At that time, Aamir had blogged: “I have bad news folks. Kiran and I lost our baby. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to avert a miscarriage. The last two months have been a struggle for us...I need time to heal. I will be away for a while.”

The baby boy is the couple’s first child. Aamir, on his part, has two children — a son, Junaid and a daughter, Ira, from his first marriage with Reena Dutta.

In Vitro Fertilisation is an alternative reproduction treatment popular among mothers over 40. The process involves egg cells being fertilised by a sperm outside the body. Another woman, the surrogate, carries the fertilised egg in her uterus, until delivery.

In India, this process costs anywhere between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 14 lakh, including fertilisation, surrogate's fee, and delivery of baby. Celebrities like Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker, pop-stars Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin are famous parents who had opted for surrogacy.