UK Doctors Say Pakistan Teen Malala Has Chance For ‘Good Recovery’


(RFE/RL) — Medical specialists in Britain say Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who was flown to the United Kingdom for treatment after being shot in the head and neck by Taliban militants in a targeted assassination attempt, “has a chance of making a good recovery.”

The case of 14-year-old Yousafzai has prompted prayer vigils and denunciations of the Taliban by millions of people in the region and around the world.

Yousufzai arrived at a hospital in Birmingham, England late on October 15 for specialized treatment of her severe wounds.

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai

She had been flown out of a facility in Peshawar, Pakistan earlier the same day.

Dave Rosser, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s medical director, said her treatment and rehabilitation could take months.

“The doctors, some of whom were people from here in the children’s hospital, believed that she has a chance of making a good recovery, because it clearly would have been inappropriate on every level, not least for her, to put her through all this, if there was no hope of a decent recovery,” Rosser said. “So, I’ve not seen her, but it is clear that they believe there is a chance of a decent recovery.”

He said the hospital has extensive experience handling British soldiers injured in battle and advanced medical equipment.

Taliban militants shot the girl in Pakistan’s northwest one week ago.

She had been supporting peace efforts and education for girls — something opposed by the extremist Islamist militia.

Two of her classmates were less seriously wounded in the attack and are receiving treatment in Pakistan.


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One thought on “UK Doctors Say Pakistan Teen Malala Has Chance For ‘Good Recovery’

  • October 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Greetings. In the middle of the 19th century Lady Jane Wild,Mother of Oscar. Wrote in an essay as early as 1848 entitled ‘The Bondage of Woman’
    ‘We have now traced the history of woman from Paradise to the nineteenth century, and have heard nothing through the long roll of the ages but the clank of there fetters.’
    This of course is no longer the case for the civilized world.
    50 top Muslim clerics have gone on record about the Swat Taliban’s interpretation of Sharia law. They have condemned it outright as being wrong and even in some respects blasphemous. With no connection whatsoever to Koranic codes of intellectual conduct for woman and especially young girls of school going age.
    The Swat Taliban recruit young ignorant men to do evil deeds- ‘ like the attempt to murder Malala Yousafzai and her friends. They have failed to take the life of this brave young woman, but have earned the contempt of a lot of senior Muslim clerics. They have also disgraced the name of Islam throughout the world. All the best. Mathusla.


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