06/10/2009 AT 9:00 AM ET
Madonna will win her right to adopt an orphaned girl from Malawi after all, the pop star has been told, according to a British newspaper report on Tuesday.
Two appeal judge have said they would allow her appeal, while a third is set to agree, reports the Sun.
Madonna first met the child – Mercy James – at the Kondanani Children’s Village in the town of Bvumbwe during a first visit to Malawi in October 2006. It was at that time that she also met her first adopted child, David, now 3. Mercy has a father who is alive but was living at the village following the death of her teenaged mother.
On Wednesday it was said the singer, 50, is “ecstatic – over the moon” at the prospect of a Malawian sister for David, whom Madonna adopted (not without controversy) in May 2008. The singer also has a son, Rocco, 8, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, and a daughter Lourdes, 12.
Reps for Madonna say there has been “no decision yet” on the case. She is likely to find out the official result early next week.
Local officials in Malawi don’t believe that Madonna will fly out to pick up Mercy James if she is granted the adoption as expected. It is believed that, instead, a private plane will be sent to pick up the child.