Malala’s condition stable: UK doctors

Malala Yousufzai,the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban,spent a “stable” night at a specialised hospital in Birmingham and has a chance of making “a good recovery,” doctors said Tuesday

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: October 17, 2012 1:00 am

Malala Yousufzai,the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban,spent a “stable” night at a specialised hospital in Birmingham and has a chance of making “a good recovery,” doctors said Tuesday.

Malala was transferred from Pakistan in an air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham Monday.

Her condition was described as stable Tuesday morning and the medical director of University Hospitals,Birmingham Dr Dave Rosser is due to give another update later. Dr Rosser said she had “a chance of making a good recovery”.

On Monday,Dr Anders Cohen,chief of neurosurgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Centre,explained that Malala had passed “two major hurdles”.

“The removal of the bullet and the very critical 48-hour window after surgery. She has also showed some response,which is cause for cautious optimism,but she has a long way to go,” he was quoted as saying by the Huffington Post UK.

“Her age is also in her favour. A young person’s brain has more recovery ability than an older person,” he added.

The teenager’s life was saved by neurosurgeons in a Pakistani military hospital.

Activist to be given one of Pak’s highest civilian awards

Islamabad: Sitara-e-Shujaat,one of Pakistan’s highest civilian awards for bravery,will be given to 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai,Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday said. He also offered a bounty of Rs 10 crore for Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan,who claimed responsibility for the recent attack on the rights activist.

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