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Madonna opens kids hospital in Malawi

FAMILY: Madonna with her children at the unveiling of the The Mercy James Institute in Malawi

SINGER MADONNA has openedn a children's hospital wing that her charity Raising Malawi has helped to build.

The pop icon, 58, decided to name the 50-bed paediatric facility after her 11-year-old daughter Mercy James – who joined her at the launch.

During the opening, Madonna was seen getting involved with the festivities and unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of the children's ward while stood alongside President Peter Mutharika.

He had declared Madonna a 'daughter of the nation' during his speech at the opening, telling the songstress: 'You started by adopting four Malawian children, now we are adopting you as the daughter of this nation.'

Speaking about her desire to build the medical facility, Madonna has said: 'There are so many things I never imagined I will do. I never imagined one day I will build this kind of a hospital. Never give up on your dreams"

The Mercy James Institute has been built in collaboration with Malawi's health industry and prior to its official opening, Madonna had revealed that the facility has already completed its first surgery.

It is the first health unit for children in Malawai and is said to double the capacity for paediatric care at the Queen Elizabeth hospital.

The institute had taken two years to build and includes three specialist operating theatres.

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