Have Mercy! Madonna Wins Adoption Appeal

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Great news for Madonna this morning, as the pop icon has a new daughter!

Through all the heartache comes a happy ending for Madge, who has legally won the right to adopt Mercy James, 3, from Malawi.

"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.com. 

Alan said he called Madonna immediately after the decision was handed down.

"She was ecstatic when I broke the news to her. She said, 'Thank heavens.' "

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

It's looking like it will be 3-5 days before all the legalities are taken care of and Mercy can join her new family. She will be transported to the U.S. via private jet.

Congrats to Madonna and her ever-growing brood!

Plus: See what it's like to grow up as Madonna's daughter.

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