Madonna is in the news again, and this time it is for her philanthropic efforts.
The veteran singer and actress announced this week that the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open Tuesday, July 11. Friday’s announcement comes as young patients have already started being admitted to the facility, which is named after Madonna’s Malawi-born daughter Mercy James. The center was developed through a partnership between the Malawian Minister of Health and Madonna’s Raising Malawi charitable organization.
Madonna said in a recent interview that the inspiration for the facility’s creation came after her first visit to the African nation, adding she was looking forward to finally having the facility officially open.
“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. “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.”
Madonna also noted during her interview that establishing the new hospital was a way for her to give back to Malawi and to do something positive for her adopted children.
“Malawi has enriched my family more than I could have ever imagined,” Madonna said. “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.”
Work on the state-of-the-art center started in November 2014. With the treatments made possible through the hospital, it will help Queen Elizabeth Hospital double the number of surgeries performed on young patients annually, dramatically increasing children’s chances of survival from different conditions. Along with this positive, it will also serve as a major training center for doctors throughout Malawi and South Africa, increasing even more the chance of children’s survival.
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