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Madonna at opening of children's wing of Malawi hospital

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/11/2017 By GREGORY GONDWE, Associated Press

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Madonna was in Malawi on Tuesday for the official opening of a hospital children's wing funded by her charity and named after one of the four children the pop star has adopted from the impoverished southern African nation.

The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, was built in collaboration with Malawi's health ministry. It has already started some activities, and Madonna said last week that the institute had completed its first surgery.

President Peter Mutharika also attended the opening, unveiling a plaque with the singer.

The four children adopted from Malawi are David Banda, Mercy James, Stelle and Estere. The children's wing was named after 11-year-old Mercy.

Madonna's charity, Raising Malawi, has built schools there and funded the new pediatric unit, which began construction in 2015. Madonna, 58, visited the site last year.

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