The 14-year-old Pakistani activist, who was gunned down by the Taliban for her efforts to promote education, is now awake from her induced coma and able to stand! Malala is still being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the U.K.
There is finally some good news in the tragic story of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old activist from Swat valley, Pakistan, who was brutally shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for her outspoken views on the violence and suppression of women. After being flown to a U.K. hospital for further treatment, Malala is now awake and able to stand.
As she recovers in her bed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Malala was photographed with her eyes open and clutching her teddy bear.
Doctors said she stood up for the first time since suffering from her injuries, and her first question after waking up from the coma was: “Which country am I in?”
Surgeons said Malala has been responding well to treatment, but doctors do not yet know how damaged her brain will be since there is still some swelling.
Malala also developed an infection in her throat, thought to be related to the path of the bullet.
“She’s not able to talk, but we have no reason to believe she wouldn’t be able to talk once this tube is out, which may be in the next few days,” Dr. Rosser, medical director, said.
“She is writing very freely, she has had a tracheotomy as her airway was swollen by the passing of the bullet.”
“In attacking Malala, the terrorists have failed to grasp that she is not only an individual, but an icon of courage and hope who vindicates the great sacrifices that the people of Swat and the nation gave, for wresting the valley from the scourge of terrorism,” Pakistan’s top military officer General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said in response to the attacks.
It was Malala’s efforts to promote education and equality for girls in the Swat valley in Pakistan that made her such a threat in the eyes of the Taliban, and their reasoning for shooting her in the head on her way home from school on Oct. 9.
Malala is well-respected in Swat Valley for her political efforts, and even won the Pakistani National Youth Peace Prize in 2011. Swat Valley schools closed on Oct. 9 in protest of the attacks, and military officers stood guard at Malala’s home to protect her family from the Taliban.
What a courageous young woman! We applaud Malala for standing up for her beliefs, and we are keeping her and her family in our thoughts.
What do you think of this new development, HollyMoms?
— Christina Stiehl
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