THIS is the orphan whom Malawian officials say pop goddess MADONNA is "on the very cusp" of adopting.
Madge originally scrapped her year-long battle for three-year-old Mercy James just four months ago as her marriage to British film director GUY RITCHIE, 39, hit the rocks.
But officials yesterday confirmed the star has resumed her adoption bid -- which pals say proves their marriage is "back on track".
Malawian adoption minister Penstone Kilembe said: "Madonna's representatives have been visiting the girl. The adoption is now advanced -- all the government is waiting for is Madonna to forward the petition of adoption formalities.