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Malala Yousafzai released from British hospital

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 13:10 hrs

London, Jan 4 (IANS) Pakistani teenaged rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, has been discharged from a hospital in Britain but will undergo cranial reconstructive surgery soon.

The 15-year-old was shot by a Taliban assassin as she took a bus home from school in Pakistan's northwest region in October 2012. She was flown to Britain shortly after the attack and was treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Malala was discharged from hospital Thursday, after doctors decided that "she would benefit from being at home" with her parents and two brothers, the Telegraph reported.

She is set to undergo complex cranial reconstruction surgery later this month or in early February "as part of her long-term recovery", doctors said.

In photos released Friday, Malala was seen wearing a scarf and a grey dress, waving and smiling at the camera with two nurses in the background.

She was also seen walking slowly from her room holding the hands of one of the nurses before waving at other members of staff and waiting cameras.

In recent weeks, Malala has left hospital during regular "home leave" visits to spend time with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, mother Toorpekai and younger brothers, Khushal and Atul, the hospital said.

During those visits, "assessments have been carried out by her medical team to ensure she can continue to make good progress outside the hospital", the daily said.

This led to the decision to authorise Malala's release to a "temporary home" in the West Midlands, where she will continue her rehabilitation.

Dave Rosser, the hospital's medical director, said Malala had "continued to make great progress in her treatment".

"Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery," he told the daily.

"Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers. She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her onward care," he said.

The teenager first rose to prominence aged just 11 with a blog for the BBC Urdu service in 2009, in which she described life in Swat during the bloody rule of the Taliban.

Her father Ziauddin Yousafzai has now been appointed Pakistan's education attache at the consulate in Birmingham.




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