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Shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai leaves hospital

2013-02-08 16:22:58

Malala Yousafzai

A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban is leaving hospital after making a good recovery following surgery.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, was attacked in October after campaigning for girls' rights to education.

A bullet was removed from her head by surgeons in Pakistan, before she was flown to the UK for further treatment.

She had a titanium plate and cochlear implant installed at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday.

The hospital's medical team said it had been "very pleased" with the progress Malala had made after two operations, lasting more than five hours, at the weekend.

She was initially discharged from the hospital last month as an outpatient, ahead of the latest surgery.

It was then announced she would continue rehabilitation at her family's temporary home in the West Midlands.

International outrage

Malala was returning home from school in the north-western Swat district on 9 October when gunmen stopped her bus and shot her in the head and the chest.

She received immediate treatment in Pakistan where surgeons removed a bullet which entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, grazing her brain.

The teenager was then flown to the UK and admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on 15 October for specialist treatment.

The Taliban said it shot Malala, a campaigner for girls' education, for "promoting secularism".

The shooting sparked domestic and international outrage.


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