Mercy's gran begs Madonna for visit
Published 19/08/2013 | 15:13
The dying grandmother of Madonna's adopted daughter has begged the star to let her see her grandchild one last time.
Madonna adopted Mercy, who is now aged seven, from an orphanage in Malawi in 2009 after a protracted court battle.
Her grandmother Lucy Chekechiwa, who is terminally ill, begged Madonna in an interview with the Sunday People: "Please let me see my Mercy before this sickness kills me.
"My life is ending and I need to bid farewell to my Mercy. Madonna should let her visit me before I die."
The 65-year-old is believed to have stomach cancer and is too poor to afford treatment.
Mercy was orphaned when mum Mwandida - Lucy's daughter - died aged 18 just two days after giving birth to her. Lucy tried to raise her before realising she needed better care and taking her to an orphanage, where she visited Mercy regularly.
Madonna, who also adopted seven-year-old son David from Malawi in 2006, visited the African country earlier this year, accompanied by Mercy, David and their siblings Rocco and Lourdes.
They visited the Home of Hope orphanage, where David was adopted.