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Doctors: Wounded Pakistani Girl Improving

This image released by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust on October 19, 2012, shows 15-year-old Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai, who is recovering in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.
This image released by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust on October 19, 2012, shows 15-year-old Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai, who is recovering in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.
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British doctors treating a Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban say she has been able to stand with help for the first time and is also able to write.

But the medical director of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Malala Yousafzai, 15, is being treated said Friday she is not yet out of danger.  Dave Rosser said doctors are still concerned about a possible infection from a bullet wound in her head.

British television station ITV quotes a hospital spokesman as saying the shooting damaged Yousafzai's brain, but caused no decline in the brain's ability to function.  Rosser told reporters that Yousafzai is "communicating very freely and writing," but is unable to speak because of a tracheotomy tube in her throat.

Earlier this week, Malala was transferred from Pakistan to Britain for treatment.  Earlier reports had listed her age as 14.

Pakistani Taliban gunmen shot Yousafzai in the head and neck as she returned home from school in the northwestern area of Swat Valley.
 
She has been internationally recognized for promoting education for girls and documenting Taliban atrocities in the area near her home in Swat.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for her shooting, saying Yousafzai is pro-West and that she called U.S. President Barack Obama her idol.

Pakistani police have arrested several suspects related to the shooting.

Pakistan has offered a bounty worth about $1 million for the spokesman of the Pakistani Taliban, Ehsanullah Ehsan, after he said his group shot Yousafzai as she left her school on October 9 in Swat.

The shooting has drawn international condemnation.

Hospital officials say Yousafzai's family remains in Pakistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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by: Wallpapermaniac
October 20, 2012 12:21 PM
get well soon Malala


by: angelina from: las vegas
October 19, 2012 7:04 PM
Beside useless propaganda wars started since iraq by bush, tony blair along dirty drone politics we must take out our army soon from that region at all totally Speechless about this brave beautiful innocent cute angel this pakistani girl is really a sign of dignity respect and braveness fighting for many good things around the evils we all should pray for her quick recovery and hope she must stay safe in future.


by: Romildo Caldas from: Brazil
October 19, 2012 5:12 PM
My God, I am so glad that Malala is recovering her Health! God is with her, This angel will be up again, and will be able to fulfilll her Noble Mission. I am eagerly praying for You Malala.


by: Joy McCloskey from: Los Angeles
October 19, 2012 2:13 PM
Although it is good to see this young girl recover. It is unfortunate the corporate media and military industrial complex are using her as propaganda to say "how good it is for the U.S. and UK to chose to save her because she was fighting for young girls to be educated. The multinationals, corporate media and Pentagon don't care about her, but she makes for good news in the big lie of why we are there at all.
Shame on the U.S. for the drone war they are using against the innocent men, women and children in this region.

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by: Irene from: Los Angeles
October 19, 2012 2:41 PM
You're ridiculous! This young girl is extremely brave and stood up for all young women in that country! She should be honored for her courage!!


by: Jo from: Fox
October 19, 2012 2:05 PM
Wishing a speedy recovery to you Malala - Keep the faith and fight the fight! You are such a brave young lady, much braver than the Taliban! Your strong mind will help to heal your body.


by: Fazal Abbas from: US
October 19, 2012 1:22 PM
Great that she is recovering and this will give hope to girls in that region.

Yup. Its act of spineless cowards. But what do you say about those who killed thousands of Malals in that region? So killing is bad but not bombarding? Drone attacks in Pakistan have killed thousands of Malalas. Please also think about those and voice about it. Those drone attacks are killing Malalas and making their fathers and brothers terrorists.


by: James from: USA
October 19, 2012 1:14 PM
Thank God little Malala is recovering nicely....Please keep her safe while she's in hospital........


by: Mon from: Washington DC
October 19, 2012 1:12 PM
Such wonderful news. That poor darling girl... keep her safe UK :)


by: sinn mctavish from: tampa
October 19, 2012 1:01 PM
wonderful....... let the terrorists know where the girl is staying...real rocket science here........


by: Thomas Callahan from: Texas, USA
October 19, 2012 1:00 PM
I am shamed by her incredible courage. It stands in stark contrast to the cowards that attacked her. May the Brits bring her to a full recovery and may her voice never be silenced.

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