American singer Madonna Louise Ciccone, recently gave back to society with the grand opening of the Mercy James institute for pediatric surgery and intensive care at the Queen Central Hospital Blantyre, Malawi.
It was a heart whelming experience for the pop star Madonna who presided over the opening of the center with family and well-wishers. The Malawian community was not left out of the celebration.
Madonna who has always been open about her adopted children named the center after her daughter Mercy James. The center is the first of its kind in the Malawi and was funded by the singer’s Raising Malawi charity, which she established in 2006, the same year she adopted David Banda, and Mercy James now 11, from the country.
The star at the event spoke about the importance of the center.
“The Mercy James Center remains not only a world-class intensive care hospital but also a superior learning environment to train the next generation of Malawian healthcare workers,” Madonna said. “This is as much about healing as it is about empowerment.”
Madonna also added in a statement ahead of the opening ceremony that Malawi has enriched her family more than she could have ever imagined.
“It’s important for me to make sure 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,” she said.
The superstar’s Daughter Mercy James also gave a brief remark.
“It is a great honor to know this hospital is named after me,” the 11-year-old said. “But what’s more important is that we may help many kids and save many lives.”
The medical facility has a playroom, an outdoor play structure and inspirational murals curated by Madonna and created by artists she brought to the country.