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Pediatric unit built by Madonna in Malawi to open July 11

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/6/2017 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, Madonna poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film "The Beatles, Eight Days a Week" in London. Madonna says the children’s wing at a hospital in Malawi she has been building for two years completed its first surgery last week and will officially open July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, Madonna poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film "The Beatles, Eight Days a Week" in London. Madonna says the children’s wing at a hospital in Malawi she has been building for two years completed its first surgery last week and will officially open July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna says the children's wing at a hospital in Malawi she has been building for two years completed its first surgery last week and will officially open July 11.

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.

Madonna adopted two children, David Banda and Mercy James, from Malawi. The pop star's charity, Raising Malawi, has funded the new pediatric unit, which began construction in 2015.

The children's unit will enable Queen Elizabeth hospital to double the number of surgeries for children and will provide critical pre-operative and post-operative care.

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