Karen Belz
July 13, 2017 2:23 pm

Even when you’re a celebrity, adoption is quite a tricky process. During an opening ceremony for Malawi’s very first pediatric surgery and intensive care center, Madonna discussed the difficulty of adopting Mercy James, her daughter, from the country roughly eight years ago. Now a happy and healthy 11-year-old, Mercy James seems thankful that her mom continued to fight for well over three years to call her her own.

The speech was especially powerful because Madonna named the care center after Mercy. The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will make a huge difference for those who need medical care.

Madonna met Mercy after adopting her son, David Banda, from the country in 2006.

And she definitely kept that promise. Adopting Mercy proved to be a bit difficult, since at the time the pop icon was going through her divorce with Guy Ritchie.

Obviously, that’s not true. And Madonna, being the strong woman she is, didn’t take no for an answer. Instead, she hired lawyers and took the case to the supreme court.

Madonna noted a huge roadblock was Malawi’s laws that hadn’t been changed since the 1940’s, and these days, everyone knows that single women are capable of — well — anything and everything.

As you now know, Madonna won that battle. And she credited the fact that she never gave up on her dream.

Those are solid words to remember when facing any obstacle.

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