"Our heartbeat, our son Avyaan Azaad Rekhi was born"
Bollywood star Dia Mirza has welcomed her first child with her husband Vaibhav Rekhi.
Mirza announced her son’s arrival on Twitter on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, two months after his birth.
The couple has named him Avyaan Azaad Rekhi.
Dia Mirza released a statement introducing her child to the world, alongside an image of the baby’s hand.
In the statement, Mirza revealed that Avyaan was born prematurely on May 14, 2021, by emergency C-section.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) July 14, 2021
Mirza’s announcement read:
“To paraphrase Elizabeth Stone, ‘To have a child is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body’.
“These words perfectly exemplify Vaibhav and my feelings right now. Our heartbeat, our son Avyaan Azaad Rekhi was born on May 14th.
“Having arrived early, our little miracle has since then been cared for by tireless nurses and doctors in the Neonatal ICU.
“A sudden appendectomy during my pregnancy and a subsequent and very severe bacterial infection could have led to sepsis and proven to be life-threatening.
“Thankfully, the timely care and intervention by our doctor ensured the safe birth of our baby via an emergency C-section.”
Dia Mirza went on to thank her family, friends and fans for their support throughout her pregnancy.
The end of Mirza’s statement read:
“To our well-wishers and fans, I just want to say – your concern has always meant a lot to me and if it was possible to share this news before, we would have.
“Thank you all for all the love, light, faith and prayers.
“We extend them back to everyone who is struggling to hold on to hope right now or is praying for a loved one.
“We see you, we hear you and together, we will get past this time. Dia and Vaibhav.”
Dia Mirza also took to Instagram to make the same announcement.
Members of the Bollywood industry and beyond commented to send messages of congratulations to the couple. Kareena Kapoor Khan said:
“God bless you my darling and the little one…stay safe and well…”
Siddharth Malhotra commented: “Many many congrats to all of you.”
Tara Sharma Saluja said:
“A huge congrats lovely @diamirzaofficial and Vaibhav and all the family. Our love and best wishes to baby Avyaan…
“Sorry to hear it was a hard first few months but so glad you are all over that now and he is ready to come home. Lots of love.”
Celebrities such as Malaika Arora, Masaba Gupta and Riddhima Kapoor also flooded Dia Mirza’s post with heart emojis.
Dia Mirza announced her pregnancy on April 1, 2021, shortly after marrying Viabhav Rekhi in February 2021.
At the time, the actress revealed that they found out she was pregnant while planning the wedding.