Malala responding well to treatment, say UK doctors

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 19, 2012 08:41 hrs

London: Doctors treating Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, have said that the 14-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban, is now in a stable condition.

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 October 9.

Malala was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK, which is accustomed to treating British soldiers wounded in Afghanistan for specialized treatment, reports The News.

A hospital spokesman said Malala "remained in a stable condition and continued to impress doctors by responding well to her care". Her family were still in Pakistan, he added.

Malala, who was shot as a punishment for campaigning for the right of girls to an education, outraged the world.

Donations towards her care, which is being funded by the Pakistani government, are being received by the hospital's charity, while hundreds of people have left messages of support on the hospital's website, lauding her campaigning and praying for her recovery.

The hospital later announced that a special fund had been set up to deal with the influx of donations.

"When she is well enough we will ask her how she wants those donations to be spent in support of the care she is receiving," said the hospital trust's website.

Well-wishers from around the world - including Pakistan, Britain, India, the United States, Libya, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, New Zealand, the Philippines, Rwanda and the Netherlands- are leaving her messages of support.

A National Peace award winner, Malala became the voice of all the girls in Swat when she began maintaining a diary on the website of the BBC under the pen name of "Gul Makai", where she described the atrocities of the Taliban.

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