Doctors hopeful as Pak child activist Malala shows signs of recovery

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 06:53 hrs

Rawalpindi: Doctors treating Pakistani child activist Malala Yousufzai, who was attacked by the Taliban earlier in the week, have said the 14-year-old has felt pain - a sign of recovery for someone who is on a ventilator.

"(The) health condition of Malala continues to remain satisfactory. Her vitals are okay and she is still on ventilator. A board of doctors is continuously monitoring her condition," The Dawn quoted the Pakistan military, as saying in a statement.

Malala, who earned international fame for raising voice against Taliban oppression in Swat, was shot in the neck and head and two other girls sustained injuries when the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) opened fire on their school van in Swat valley on Tuesday.

The doctors who performed surgery on Malala had expressed fear of a possibility of slight brain damage. However, all of her medical reports came out clear.

Earlier, doctors had said that Malala had a 70 per cent chance of survival and despite improvement, was seriously ill.

Meanwhile, as many as 200 persons have been arrested in the case, including a woman.

According to District Police Officer (DPO) Gul Afzal Khan Afridi, the mastermind behind the attack on Malala was a man named Ataullah, who hails from Swat's Sangota region. (ANI)

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