Madonna has announced that the children’s wing at a hospital in Malawi she has been building for two years completed its first surgery last week.
Named after her 11-year-old Malawi-born daughter, Mercy James, the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open its doors on July 11.
The state-of-the-art paediatric surgery and intensive care unit is the first of its kind in Malawi and has been funded by Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi in collaboration with the minister of health.
“When you look into the eyes of children in need, wherever they may be, a human being wants to do anything and everything they can to help, and on my first visit to Malawi, I made a commitment that I would do just that,” Madonna said in a statement. “As we approach the opening of the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, I’d like to thank everyone who has joined me on this unbelievable journey. What started out as a dream for Malawi and her children has become a reality, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.”
"Malawi has enriched my family more than I could have ever imagined," added Madonna. "It's important for me to make sure all my children from the country maintain a strong connection to their birth nation, and equally important to show them that together, humans have the power to change the world for the better."