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Shooting Victim Malala Yousafzai, 15, ‘Responding Well’ To Treatment

Mon, October 22, 2012 2:11pm EDT by 5 Comments
Malala Yousafzai Condition

Doctors say Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban on Oct. 9 for her outspoken views on education, is in stable condition at a U.K. hospital — but will need to rest for a long period of time before undergoing any further surgeries.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, was flown from Pakistan to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the U.K. on Oct. 15, and doctors say she is already in “stable and comfortable” condition following medical treatment for the gunshot wounds she suffered at the hands of the Taliban.

After waking up from a medically-induced coma, Malala will need to undergo a “significant period of rest and recuperation” before doctors can perform any reconstructive surgery, medical director Dr. Rosser said.

The rest period could take anywhere from several weeks to a few months.

Although she is not able to speak yet due to an infection in her throat, Malala has been able to communicate via pen and paper, and one of Dr. Rosser’s colleagues has been communicating with her in Urdu and English.

“Malala would like to thank all the well-wishers for their message of support and the doctors and nurses who are treating her,” Dr. Rosser said.

Malala was shot at point-blank range in the head and neck on Oct. 9 on her way home from school by an armed Taliban militant. She was targeted by the Taliban for her efforts to promote education and equality for girls in the Swat valley in Pakistan. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have taken responsibility for the shooting, and have warned that if she survives, they will target her again.

We’re so happy Malala is doing better, and wish her a speedy recovery.

What do YOU think of Malala’s story HollyMoms?

— Christina Stiehl

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  3. Girl, 14, Shot By Taliban For Standing Up For Education