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Activist Malala Yousafzai, 15, Reunited With Parents At U.K. Hospital

Fri, October 26, 2012 11:16am EDT by 1 Comment
Malala Yousafzai Family Visit

Doctors don’t believe Malala has suffered any serious brain damage after being shot by the Taliban on Oct. 9. Malala’s family, who spoke at a news conference from her hospital on Oct. 26, described her survival as a “miracle for us.”

Malala Yousafzai, 15, was reuinted with her family on Oct. 25 in the U.K. hospital where she is currently receiving treatment. The Taliban shooting victim was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Oct. 15 from her native Swat valley, Pakistan to receive further treatment for the gunshot wounds she suffered on Oct. 9.

Doctors say Malala is “responding well” to treatment, and Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousufzai, agreed upon seeing his daughter for the first time since she left Pakistan.

“In the condition when I saw my daughter … we were hopeful but we did not expect … that she can talk, that she can see,” he said in a news conference on Oct. 26. “I love her and this morning, last night when we met her, there were tears in our eyes and they were out of happiness, out of happiness.”

Ziauddin described how her survival and recovery was a “miracle for us,” and that the family at one point feared they would have to make funeral arrangements.

Although doctors don’t believe there is any serious brain damage — she can remember events prior to the shooting, and her last few days in care — she still has a long road to recovery.

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.

Ziauddin is “thankful to the media of Pakistan … because it is very difficult to stand by a girl who stands up against terrorism,” he said. “They were warned by the terrorists but still they supported my daughter.”

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— Christina Stiehl

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