Madonna - pictured with her three-year-old son David Banda, whom she adopted in Malawi in 2006 - says she still hopes to be able to give a home, education and health care to four-year-old Mercy James
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Positive Madonna still hopes she will be able to provide for Mercy

13 APRIL 2009
Ten days after a judge rejected Madonna's bid to adopt a second child from Malawi, the mum-of-three remains hopeful she may still be able to raise four-year-old Mercy James as one of her own.

In emailed responses to questions presented by a local Sunday newspaper, the iconic musician, 50, confirmed: "I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible".

"And it is my hope that she, like David, will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country," she said of little Chifundo James translated as Mercy who lives in the same orphanage that housed the three-year-old son she adopted in 2006.

The rejection of Madonna's application because of a requirement for prospective parents to be a resident in the southern Africa state for 18 to 24 months, has been appealed by the star's lawyer Alan Chinula. No date has been set for the court hearing yet.

"Though I have been advised that I cannot publicly discuss the pending appeal regarding my desire to adopt Mercy, I do want to say how much I appreciate the level of support that I have received from the people of Malawi and my friends around the world," she added.

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