Madonna makes a dif­fer­ence

Pop star’s char­ity funds pe­di­atric unit in Malawi

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY MESFIN FEKADU

Madonna says the chil­dren’s wing at a hos­pi­tal in Malawi she funded com­pleted its first surgery last week and will of­fi­cially open Tues­day.

The Mercy James In­sti­tute for Pe­di­atric Surgery and In­ten­sive Care, lo­cated at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal in the city of Blan­tyre, had a soft open­ing and is the first of its kind in Malawi. It was built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Malaw­ian Min­istry 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 to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

“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,’’ she added.

Madonna adopted four chil­dren, David Banda, Mercy James, Stelle and Estere from Malawi.

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