A complicated surgery
The news that surgeons were able to remove a bullet lodged in Malala's neck was greeted with relief by many. A team of army and civilian surgeons have been treating her at a military hospital in Peshawar where she was airlifted after the Tuesday shooting.
The operation to remove the bullet took hours because there were complications, said the information minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Mian Iftikhar Hussain.
A team led by Mumtaz Khan, head of the neurosurgery department of Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital, carried out a three-hour operation at a military hospital between 2 am and 5 am to remove the bullet from Malala
"She is improving. But she is still unconscious," the information minister said. Hussain said there was no decision yet whether the girl needed to be taken abroad for further treatment, but said that doctors felt she was out of danger.
Image: Supporters of Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), chant prayers in support of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, at the (MQM)' headquarter in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012