Friday, January 4, 2013

'Strong young woman': Taliban shooting victim Malala Yousufzai leaves UK hospital

I am amazed , and I an so glad she has made such a recovery.  She is going to be a force in her country that the Taliban can not stop.  She will be an elected member of her government. She represents all that is good and what one person can accomplish, girls are important not only in Pakistan but in all countries. 
U.K. National Health Service
Malala Yousufzai was discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, on Thursday.
LONDON - Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, has been discharged from a hospital in the U.K. after doctors said she was well enough to spend some time recovering with her family.

The 15-year-old was shot at point-blank range in October after becoming a symbol of resistance to the insurgents' efforts to deny women education and other rights. The attack on Malala, which also wounded two of her classmates, prompted revulsion and condemnation, and helped galvanize supporters of women's education worldwide.

In a statement, the hospital treating her said was she had been discharged on Thursday because she was healthy enough to be treated as an outpatient.

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"Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery," Dave Rosser, medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Malala was treated, said in a statement. "Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers."

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Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, has been released from a British hospital. She will undergo outpatient rehabilitation from the home where her family is staying in central England. TODAY's Willie Geist reports. 
Malala will be readmitted in late January or early February to undergo cranial reconstructive surgery as part of her long-term recovery, the hospital said. In the meantime, she will visit the hospital regularly to attend clinical appointments, the statement added. 
Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban for speaking out against Pakistani militants and promoting education for girls.

Doctors said that although the bullet hit her left brow, it did not penetrate her skull but instead traveled underneath the skin along the side of her head and into her neck. The decision to send Malala to Britain was taken in consultation with her family; Pakistan is paying for her treatment.

Citing patient confidentiality, hospital authorities declined to say what her plans were to continue her education, though they acknowledge she is able to read in both English and Urdu.

Malala was flown to the U.K. on Oct. 15, six days after the school bus shooting. She was treated by doctors specializing in neurosurgery, trauma and other disciplines in a department of the hospital which has treated hundreds of soldiers wounded in conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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The wave of condemnation that followed the attack prompted the Taliban to release statements justifying their action. Malala quickly became an international cause celebre and became a contender to become Time's Person of the Year 2012.

More than 250,000 people have also signed online petitions calling for her to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.

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In Paris, the courageous Pakistani ten Malala Yousafzai was honored at an event marking the U.N.'s Human Rights Day. NBC's Amna Nawaz reports.
Yousufzai's father said in October he was sure she would "rise again" to pursue her dreams after medical treatment.

This month Pakistan appointed Malala's father, Ziauddin, as its education attache in Birmingham. The position, with an initial three-year commitment, virtually guarantees that Malala will remain in Britain for now.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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