Madonna makes a difference
Pop star’s charity funds pediatric unit in Malawi
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.