Zain Nadella, son of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was born with cerebral palsy, died on Tuesday at the age of 26.

Born in 1996, when Anu, Satya Nadella’s wife was pregnant and the couple was ready to start their new lives in Seattle, their life changed when they realised that their newborn had suffered extensive damage caused by in-utero asphyxiation.

The Nadellas soon learned that their son would require a wheelchair because of severe cerebral palsy and were told that the child would not be able to communicate verbally, in addition to being legally blind.

Satya Nadella focused the company on making products to serve persons with disabilities better, something he learned by raising Zain.

The Children’s Hospital where Zain received treatment joined with the Nadellas last year to establish the Zain Nadella Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosciences as part of the Seattle Children’s Center for Integrative Brain Research.

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