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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s son dies At 26

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s son dies At 26

Tech giant Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella‘s son Zain Nadella, who was born with cerebral palsy, has died. He was 26.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

“Very sadly Satya’s son Zain Nadella has passed away. The Nadellas are taking time to grieve privately as a family,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in response to an email query by PTI.

Condolence messages poured in on social media platforms and many took to Twitter to mourn the demise.

Nadella’s son was born on August 13, 1996, after his wife Anu during her thirty-sixth week of pregnancy noticed that the baby was not moving as in a normal situation.

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The Microsoft CEO in a blog in 2017 mentioned that Zain did not cry at the time of birth and had to be shifted to Seattle Children’s Hospital with its state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from the hospital in Bellevue across Lake Washington.

Nadella had said he learnt that damage caused by utero asphyxiation caused severe cerebral palsy in his child.

“Over the course of the next couple of years we learned more about the damage caused by in utero asphyxiation, and how Zain would require a wheelchair and be reliant on us because of severe cerebral palsy,” Nadella penned in the 2017 note.

Zain Nadella, son of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, dies at 26

He recounted: “I was devastated. But mostly I was sad for how things turned out for me and Anu.”

In the deeply moving account of Zain’s journey, Nadella wrote that becoming father of a son with special needs was the turning point of his life and helped him better understand the journey of people with disabilities.

“It has shaped my personal passion for and philosophy of connecting new ideas to empathy for others. And it is why I am deeply committed to pushing the bounds on what love and compassion combined with human ingenuity and passion to have impact can accomplish with my colleagues at Microsoft,” Nadella wrote.

The Microsoft CEO also wrote that one of the things he remembered most clearly was how his wife’s reaction to Zain’s birth was immediately so different from his own.

Satya Nadella Son Died: माइक्रोसॉफ्ट के CEO सत्या नडेला के बेटे का निधन, 26  साल थी उम्र - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella son died at 26 years age TUTS -  AajTak

“For Anu, it was never about what this meant for her — it was always about what it meant for Zain and how we could best care for him,” Nadella said.

The Microsoft top boss further admitted that watching his wife in those first few days and weeks and beyond had taught him a lot.

“Over time, Anu helped me understand that nothing had happened to me or to her, but something had happened to Zain. As his parents, it was up to us not to question ‘why’, but instead to do everything we could to improve his life,” Nadella said.

In the blog, Nadella describes his wife as “an amazing woman, mother and partner”.

“Her empathy for others runs deep, and from her I have learned that when I infuse empathy into my every day actions it is powerful, whether they be in my role as a father or as a CEO,” he said.

What happened to Satya Nadella's son, Zain? Tributes pour in as 26-year-old  passes away

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affects movement and muscle tone or posture. It is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain, that affects a person’s ability to have control over their muscles. As per an estimate, there are nearly 18 million people with cerebral palsy globally.

Several political leaders in India expressed their condolences for the Nadella family.

“Saddened to hear abt passing of @satyanadella’s son Zain. My deepest condolences to him and his family n friends. I pray that God gives him n family the strength to bear wth this loss,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in a tweet.

Hyderabad-born Nadella was named CEO of Microsoft in February 2014. In June 2021, he was also named as the company’s chairman.

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