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Malawi Supreme Court Grants Madonna Right To Adopt

Malawi Supreme Court Grants Madonna Right To Adopt

Malawi's highest court has granted pop icon Madonna the right to adopt 3 year-old daughter Chifundo "Mercy" James today. Mercy will join siblings Lourdes, Rocco and fellow adoptee David.

Nobody says NO to Madonna, not even the Supreme Court in Malawi who granted the pop icon the right to adopt 3 year-old daughter Chifundo "Mercy" James today, according to Dlisted.

"I am extremely grateful for the Supreme Court's ruling on my application to adopt Mercy James. I am ecstatic ... My family and I look forward to sharing our lives with her," Madonna said in a statement through her spokesperson.

The ruling - by Malawi's highest court - was at last rendered following the lower court's vetoing of Madonna's first bid to adopt Mercy back in April. The singer's request had originally been declined on the grounds that she had not spent the required 18 months minimum in Malawi.

While Madonna remains in New York, she has already taken the necessary measures to fly "Mercy" back to America via private jet.

"It's the early hours in New York now but my client has been awake all night waiting for this," Madonna's Malawi lawyer, Alan Chinula, told People Magazine, "She was ecstatic when I broke the news to her. She said, 'Thank heavens.' "

Chinula says he is "now awaiting instructions from New York to start preparing travel arrangements for Mercy. I have to be there for her passports and everything."

Madonna's family will officially get bigger in three to five days - estimated time it will likely take for the paperwork to be ready and legally executed.

Mercy will then join sibling Lourdes, Rocco and fellow adoptee David.
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