ShahRukh becomes father to a boy again
BMC officials have received a birth report with details that a baby boy was born on May 27 to parents listed as Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Shah Rukh Khan at Masrani Hospital for Women in Andheri. The child was born at 34 weeks of pregnancy and weighed 1.5kg at birth, said BMC executive health officer Dr Arun Bamne.
The baby was reportedly taken from Masrani to Nanavati Hospital, Juhu, and finally to Breach Candy Hospital. It is believed that the child has been discharged from Breach Candy and is home with the Khans.
On Tuesday, Bamne told TOI, “We have received from Masrani Nursing Home a birth report, which has to be mandatorily filed by nursing homes and hospitals to register every birth in the city.”
Masrani Hospital is located in Lalubhai Compound, S V Road, Andheri (W).
There are no official details about the surrogate mother, but some reports in the media had said that Gauri’s sister-in-law Namita Chibber may have been the surrogate. Khan family friends said the surrogate mother had already flown back to London.
Civic officials said the birth report was received by K-West Ward officials in June-end and was immediately sent to the head office because there was widespread controversy over whether a pre-natal sex determination test had been conducted. Reports in a section of the press had said that the baby’s gender had been known before birth, suggesting the use of sex-determination methods.
While Indian guidelines for Assisted Reproductive Techniques allow the use of surrogate mothers, the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act forbids testing to determine the gender of a foetus.
The BMC had sent a team to Khan’s residence on June 18 to determine the facts of the case, but the actor denied the reports. “Now that we have the birth certificate, we will follow the details of the child’s journey from the nursing home to Nanavati Hospital in Juhu to Breach Candy Hospital,” said a civic official.
When contacted, BMC additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said, “Our officials will now get back to the actor and get details about whether sex-determination tests were done in Mumbai.”
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