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British Doctors Predict 'Good Recovery' for Pakistani Teen

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Pakistanis light candles in front of a banner showing a picture of 14-year-olschoolgirl Malala Yousufzai in Peshawar, Pakistan, Oct. 15, 2012.

Pakistanis light candles in front of a banner showing a picture of 14-year-olschoolgirl Malala Yousufzai in Peshawar, Pakistan, Oct. 15, 2012.

British doctors treating the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot last week by the Taliban say she has a chance of making a "good recovery."

Queen Elizabeth Hospital's medical director, Dave Rosser, said Malala Yousafzai's treatment and recovery is expected to take at least several weeks. He made the comments Monday, shortly after Yousafzai arrived in Britain by air ambulance from a military hospital in Pakistan.

Pakistani military officials said a panel of doctors had recommended Yousafzai's transfer to a facility "which has the capability to provide integrated care to children who have sustained severe injury."

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, located in Britain's central city of Birmingham, has extensive experience treating British soldiers injured in the Afghan war.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England


-Opened June 16, 2010
-Has major trauma center
-Specializes in complex cases, head and gunshot wounds
-Has treated hundreds of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan
-Noted for Surgical Reconstruction expertise
-Houses Britain's Royal Centre for Defense Medicine
According to the military, doctors say Yousafzai "will require prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of trauma that she has received."

The military also said she will need the repair or replacement of "damaged bones of the skull and long-term rehabilitation."

Pakistan's government has promised to pay for all the expenses related to her treatment.

Taliban gunmen shot Yousafzai in the neck and head on October 9 as she left school in the northwestern area of Swat Valley. The Taliban said it targeted the girl because she spoke out against the militant group.


Yousafzai has been internationally recognized for promoting education for girls and documenting Taliban atrocities in the area near her home in Swat.

On Sunday, thousands of people gathered in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, to show their support for Yousafzai.

Also Sunday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged the political and religious leaders of Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan to mount a collaborative plan of action against terrorism and extremism.

Children across Pakistan and Afghanistan Saturday prayed for Yousafzai's recovery. Pakistani police have arrested several shooting suspects in Swat Valley.

A Taliban spokesman in the region said Friday the group's leaders decided a few months ago to kill Yousafzai and assigned gunmen to carry it out. He said the girl was targeted because she is "pro-West" and has called U.S. President Barack Obama her idol.

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