A Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from a Birmingham hospital as an inpatient.
Malala Yousafzai, 15, was being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) after being transferred following the attack in October.She will continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the West Midlands.Malala will have cranial reconstruction surgery in late January or early February, the hospital’s trust said.
The Taliban said it shot Malala, a campaigner for girls’ education, for “promoting secularism”.Doctors said the bullet grazed the teenager’s brain when it struck her just above her left eye as she travelled home from school with two classmates in the Swat Valley in north-west Pakistan on 9 October.Over the past few weeks, Malala has been leaving the hospital on home visits to spend time with her father Ziauddin, mother Toorpekai and younger brothers, Khushal and Atul.
The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said doctors believe she will continue to make good progress outside the hospital,Dr Dave Rosser, the trust’s medical director, said: “Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery.”Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers.
“She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her care.”On Wednesday, the Pakistan government announced that Malala’s father has been given a job in Birmingham.Mr Yousafzai has been appointed education attache at the Consulate of Pakistan for at least three years. – BBC