Pakistan teen discharged from hospital
Malala Yousufzai’s release from the hospital was a promising turn for the teenage activist. Her shooting brought global condemnation of the Pakistani Taliban.
The New York Times
LONDON — Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head three months ago by the Taliban for advocating the education of girls, has been discharged from a British hospital.
Doctors said she had made “excellent progress” and would be staying with her family nearby before returning in about four weeks for further surgery to rebuild her skull.
“Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers,” said Dr. Dave Rosser, the medical director.
Video released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham showed Yousufzai, 15, walking slowly Friday out of a ward, wearing a head scarf and accompanied by a nurse. She will be admitted to the hospital again in the next month for another round of surgery to rebuild her skull.
The release was a promising turn for the teenage activist. Her shooting brought global condemnation of the Pakistani Taliban, whose fighters killed six female aid workers this week in the same region in northwestern Pakistan where Yousufzai was shot.
Gunmen halted her school bus Oct. 9 as it went through Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley, singled her out and opened fire. A bullet grazed her brain, nearly killing her, and traveled through her head before lodging in her neck.
Six days later, after emergency treatment in Pakistan, she was airlifted to the hospital in Birmingham, which specializes in treating British soldiers wounded in action in Afghanistan.
Medical experts say Yousufzai has a good chance of making a full recovery because of her youth, but the long-term impact of her head injuries remains unclear.
In recent weeks, she has left the hospital regularly to spend time with her father, Ziauddin; her mother, Toorpekai; and her two younger brothers. The Pakistani government is paying for her treatment.
She rose to prominence in 2009 with a blog for the BBC’s Urdu-language service that described life in Swat under Taliban rule. Later, she was featured in a documentary by The New York Times.
Now her father, a school headmaster, has accepted a three-year position as education attaché at the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham, making it unlikely the family will return to Pakistan soon. I
The Taliban have vowed to attack the teenager again, and last month hundreds of students in Swat protested against plans to name their school after Yousufzai, saying it could endanger their lives.
After she heard of the protest, she too asked that her name be removed from the school.
Material from The Associated Press is included in this report.