Mike Bruno
June 12, 2009 AT 03:04 PM EDT

Early this morning, Madonna was granted the legal right to adopt a child from Malawi after being denied by a lower court in April, People reports. The lower court initially ruled that the singer had not spent enough time in the African country. Preparations are now underway for Madonna to bring Chifundo “Mercy” James, 3, home from Malawi to join fellow adoptee David, also 3. Madonna is not expected to fly to Africa from New York, but the director of her Raising Malawi charity is arranging a private jet for the child.

Madonna’s rep released a statement on the singer’s behalf: “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.”

More on Madonna’s Malawi adoption:
Madonna’s adoption bid rejected by Malawi judge
Madonna’s Malawi adoption ruling pushed to Friday under storm of criticism
Madonna’s new adoption: Malawian court to review her request
Madonna adopting second Malawian child, say officials

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