Our First Glimpse of Madonna's Adopted Baby Boy
Madonna‘s one-year-old adopted Malawian boy arrived in Britian yesterday. You can see his right leg above! Wahoo! Madonna‘s son, David Banda, flew via Johannesburg from Malawi overnight with a bodyguard and Madonna‘s nanny/personal assistant. They arrived at London’s Heathrow airport early in the morning. Malawian authorities earlier waived local rules to grant Madonna and her film director husband, Guy Ritchie, an interim adoption. More pictures in the gallery!
UPDATE :: Pictures of David Banda‘s face have been added! And an open letter from Madonna has arrived! Check it:
My husband and I began the adoption process many months prior to our trip to Malawi. I did not wish to disclose my intentions to the world prior to the adoption happening as this is a private family matter. After learning that there were over one million orphans in Malawi, it was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and in many cases death, as well as expand our family.
Nevertheless, we have gone about the adoption procedure according to the law like anyone else who adopts a child. Reports to the contrary are totally inaccurate. The procedure includes an l8 month evaluation period after which time we hope to make this adoption permanent. This was not a decision or commitment that my family or I take lightly.
I am overwhelmed and inspired by my trip to Malawi and hope that it helps bring attention to how much more the world needs to do to help the children of Africa.
My heartfelt thanks for all the good wishes I have received and I hope the press will allow my family some room for us to experience the joy we feel to have David home.
October 17, 2006