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Butter9    0

I'm so happy for her and her family and so proud to be a fan !

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Kilt    0
6 hours ago, mimimong said:

She looks 20 years old i can't believe it

let's not get carried away

she looks great, but certainly not 20 yo

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VogueMusic    0

Such a beam of light in so much current darkness.

My love for this woman just grows and grows. 

Couldn't be more proud.

 

When you think about what the media, and so much of culture, chooses to focus on when it comes to her...you realize how pathetic and pitiful it all is.

The woman is raising up entire countries, and communities, and lives.

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Nikki    0

I'm disappointed that for this official opening, there's not even ONE article in my country about it. shameful

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Hector    0

People Magazine

Madonna Recalls Emotional Fight to Adopt Daughter Mercy James: ‘I Never Gave Up’

BY JEFF NELSON•@NELSON_JEFF AND KAREN MIZOGUCHI

POSTED ON JULY 12, 2017 AT 12:26AM EDT

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Nearly eight years ago, Madonna went up against Malawi’s highest court to win the right to adopt then-four-year-old Mercy James.

Fast forward to today, the songstress opened the country’s first-ever pediatric surgery and intensive care center, which she named The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, after her now-11-year-old daughter.

At the opening ceremony on Tuesday, Madonna recalled the emotional three-and-a-half year journey she went through to call Mercy her own after she had successfully adopted son David Banda in 2006.

“I met Mercy soon after I met my son David, but they were living in different orphanages. David was in Mchinji in Home of Hope, and Mercy was here in Blantyre at Kondanani. Mercy was suffering from malaria, and David from pneumonia. And when I held each of them in my arms, I whispered in their ears, that I would look after them. And I promised them that they would grow up into strong and healthy adults,” Madonna told the audience at the Queen Central Hospital.

“I was granted permission to adopt David first. And some time later, I filed a petition to adopt Mercy. But this time, the judge who was presiding said no. I was recently divorced, and she informed me, as a divorced woman, I was not fit to raise children and that Mercy James was better off growing up in an orphanage,” the seven-time Grammy winner continued.

The adoption raised strong public reaction because Malawian law requires would-be parents to reside in Malawi for one year before adopting, which Madonna did not do. In addition, she was in the process of legally separating from second husband Guy Ritchie, citing irreconcilable differences. Mercy was placed at Children’s Village following the death of her teenage mother.

“If you know me, you can imagine how I received this information. It’s true, I am a freedom fighter. I am a feminist. I am a rebel heart. But I am also a compassionate and intelligent human being. And if you cannot give me a logical reason for the word ‘no,’ then I will not accept the word ‘no.’ I hired a team of lawyers, and I took my case to the supreme court, and it was not an easy battle,” Madonna said in her moving speech.

“The adoption laws in Malawi had not been reformed since the early ’40s, and it had not occurred to anyone to change them yet. So my argument was that women have been raising children for centuries, on their own … not to mention the fact that I was doing just fine raising my own three children,” she said.

David’s adoption had been rushed through because a court had granted an interim order, but Madonna faced more judicial pushback in Mercy’s case.

“I never gave up. And I never backed down. And I believe that if you want something badly enough in life, the universe will conspire to help you get it. It may not be exactly when you want it, it may not come exactly when you think it’s gonna come. It may not come in the package that you want it. But if you persevere, you will win,” the entertainer emphasized. 

Concluding, “I fought for Mercy, and I won. It wasn’t easy. And with the blood, sweat, and tears of so many people here today, we fought for this hospital—and we won. So I’m here to say: never, ever give up on your dreams. Never stop fighting for what you believe in. And finally: Love conquers all.”

All of Madonna’s six children, except daughter Lourdes, were at Tuesday’s ceremony. David Banda danced with kids from the Jacaranda School for Orphans, Rocco painted a mural in the hospital and Mercy James gave a speech, calling her mom “the bomb” — and then dabbed at the end.

The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital was funded by Madonna’s charity, Raising Malawi, which she founded in 2006.

Madonna said the center has been up and running since the end of June, and the first surgery was completed last week, nearly two years after construction began on the center in 2015. The facility includes three operating rooms for children’s surgery, as well as a day clinic and a ward with 45 beds.

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mamifero    0
5 hours ago, Pedro said:

 

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so no CS performance? :americanlife:

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San    0

What an achievement! One person's vision come to life. And no doubt this never would have happened without M...a person of unwavering determination and goodness. I'm so moved by this. Really amazing.

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FeTuoni    0

I'm very very proud of her. To actually go ahead and do this, it's not a feat for everyone no matter how rich or how much influence you have. I really think she accomplished her goal in life and knowing Madonna, I know this is just the beginning. She always had my deepest admiration as an artist and now the deepest admiration as a human being. 

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XXL    0
1 hour ago, San said:

What an achievement! One person's vision come to life. And no doubt this never would have happened without M...a person of unwavering determination and goodness. I'm so moved by this. Really amazing.

 

This

And her speech was truly amazing

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XXL    0
7 hours ago, Butter9 said:

I'm so happy for her and her family and so proud to be a fan !

 

Indeed :bow:

Super proud

Queen Of Love

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XXL    0
6 hours ago, VogueMusic said:

Such a beam of light in so much current darkness.

My love for this woman just grows and grows. 

Couldn't be more proud.

 

When you think about what the media, and so much of culture, chooses to focus on when it comes to her...you realize how pathetic and pitiful it all is.

The woman is raising up entire countries, and communities, and lives.

 

Exactly

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XXL    0
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FreeMySoul    0

With everything stacked up against her when she first adopted David and Mercy she has overcome so many obstacles and fought not only for her adopted children but for all the children of Malawi and seeing to it that they receive a proper education and health care. She has brought Malawi into the future and that is something I credit all to her and her determination because not even the president of Malawi was doing such things before Madonna got involved. 

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3 hours ago, Hector said:

People Magazine

Madonna Recalls Emotional Fight to Adopt Daughter Mercy James: ‘I Never Gave Up’

BY JEFF NELSON•@NELSON_JEFF AND KAREN MIZOGUCHI

POSTED ON JULY 12, 2017 AT 12:26AM EDT

IMG_3253.JPG

Nearly eight years ago, Madonna went up against Malawi’s highest court to win the right to adopt then-four-year-old Mercy James.

Fast forward to today, the songstress opened the country’s first-ever pediatric surgery and intensive care center, which she named The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, after her now-11-year-old daughter.

At the opening ceremony on Tuesday, Madonna recalled the emotional three-and-a-half year journey she went through to call Mercy her own after she had successfully adopted son David Banda in 2006.

“I met Mercy soon after I met my son David, but they were living in different orphanages. David was in Mchinji in Home of Hope, and Mercy was here in Blantyre at Kondanani. Mercy was suffering from malaria, and David from pneumonia. And when I held each of them in my arms, I whispered in their ears, that I would look after them. And I promised them that they would grow up into strong and healthy adults,” Madonna told the audience at the Queen Central Hospital.

“I was granted permission to adopt David first. And some time later, I filed a petition to adopt Mercy. But this time, the judge who was presiding said no. I was recently divorced, and she informed me, as a divorced woman, I was not fit to raise children and that Mercy James was better off growing up in an orphanage,” the seven-time Grammy winner continued.

The adoption raised strong public reaction because Malawian law requires would-be parents to reside in Malawi for one year before adopting, which Madonna did not do. In addition, she was in the process of legally separating from second husband Guy Ritchie, citing irreconcilable differences. Mercy was placed at Children’s Village following the death of her teenage mother.

“If you know me, you can imagine how I received this information. It’s true, I am a freedom fighter. I am a feminist. I am a rebel heart. But I am also a compassionate and intelligent human being. And if you cannot give me a logical reason for the word ‘no,’ then I will not accept the word ‘no.’ I hired a team of lawyers, and I took my case to the supreme court, and it was not an easy battle,” Madonna said in her moving speech.

“The adoption laws in Malawi had not been reformed since the early ’40s, and it had not occurred to anyone to change them yet. So my argument was that women have been raising children for centuries, on their own … not to mention the fact that I was doing just fine raising my own three children,” she said.

David’s adoption had been rushed through because a court had granted an interim order, but Madonna faced more judicial pushback in Mercy’s case.

“I never gave up. And I never backed down. And I believe that if you want something badly enough in life, the universe will conspire to help you get it. It may not be exactly when you want it, it may not come exactly when you think it’s gonna come. It may not come in the package that you want it. But if you persevere, you will win,” the entertainer emphasized. 

Concluding, “I fought for Mercy, and I won. It wasn’t easy. And with the blood, sweat, and tears of so many people here today, we fought for this hospital—and we won. So I’m here to say: never, ever give up on your dreams. Never stop fighting for what you believe in. And finally: Love conquers all.”

All of Madonna’s six children, except daughter Lourdes, were at Tuesday’s ceremony. David Banda danced with kids from the Jacaranda School for Orphans, Rocco painted a mural in the hospital and Mercy James gave a speech, calling her mom “the bomb” — and then dabbed at the end.

The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital was funded by Madonna’s charity, Raising Malawi, which she founded in 2006.

Madonna said the center has been up and running since the end of June, and the first surgery was completed last week, nearly two years after construction began on the center in 2015. The facility includes three operating rooms for children’s surgery, as well as a day clinic and a ward with 45 beds.

One of the the many things I admire about Madonna is how she always does what she knows is right.   She was trashed from pillar to post about the adoption of Mercy from ignorant hateful people but never gave up despite the set backs.  She is inspiring. 

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Reading about this is such a nice break from the bullshit that's spewed on the news. Breath of fresh air indeed.

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MLVC82    0

on a superficial level I love seeing MADONNA CICCONE back on written material...and not Madonna Ritchie....it used to infuriate me.

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Butter9    0
3 hours ago, XXL said:

 

Indeed :bow:

Super proud

Queen Of Love

Always and Forever !

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Andra    0
2 hours ago, Pedro said:

 

Well how about congratulations to Madonna, since she built it

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