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Malala able to stand with help,write: Docs

Doctors treating 15-year-old Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai said Friday that she is able to stand with help and to write,though she still shows signs of infection

Written by Associated Press | London | Published: October 20, 2012 1:15 am

Doctors treating 15-year-old Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai said Friday that she is able to stand with help and to write,though she still shows signs of infection.

Malala is “well enough that she’s agreed that she’s happy,in fact keen,for us to share more clinical detail,” said Dr Dave Rosser,medical director at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham,

“She is also keen that I thank people for their support and their interest because she is obviously aware of the amount of interest and support this has generated around the world,” he said.

The infection is probably related to the track of a bullet that grazed her head when she was attacked by Taliban gunmen,he said.

“She is not out of the woods yet,” Rosser said. “Having said that,she’s doing very well. In fact,she was standing with some help for the first time this morning when I went in to see her.”

Malala was shot and critically wounded on October 9 The Taliban said they targeted Malala because she promoted “Western thinking” and was critical of the militant group.

Malala was flown from Pakistan to Birmingham on Monday for advanced medical treatment and for security protection. Hospital officials have been in touch with her family in Pakistan.

Rosser said the girl “is communicating very freely,she is writing” but not speaking because she has a tracheotomy tube in her throat.

Scans show some physical damage to her brain,but “at this stage we’re not seeing any deficit in terms of function,” Rosser said. “She seems able to understand. She’s got motor control,she’s able to write.”

Swat Valley officials earlier said Malala is 14 years old but officials at her school confirmed that her birthday was July 12,1997,making her 15.

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