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Successful Surgery for Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban

British doctors treating a Pakistani teenager who was gravely wounded by the Taliban last year say she has has undergone two successful operations and is making good progress in her recovery.

Doctors said 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai had surgery to reconstruct her shattered skull and a cochlear implant to restore her hearing. The two operations were performed Saturday over five hours at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Doctors said the girl was fully awake on Sunday and talking to hospital staff and her family - a positive sign of the progress she has made.

Yousufzai was flown to Britain after Taliban gunmen shot her in the head at close range on October 9 when she was riding bus home from school. The bullet cracked her skull and grazed her brain, nearly killing her, and also left her deaf in one ear.

Yousufzai angered Islamist militants with her active support for girls' right to education, which contradicts the Taliban's interpretation of Islam.

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