|Malala making steady progress, doctors say||
On October 9, Yousafzai was shot by Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in the town of Mingora for speaking out against the fanatics and promoting education for girls and women in her home region, the Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
On October 15, she was flown into Britain for specialist care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after Pakistani doctors said she needed treatment for a damaged skull and “intensive neuro-rehabilitation.”
On Monday, the hospital issued a statement, saying, "Malala continues to make steady progress and is in a stable condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”
"She has now been in the hospital for one week, under the care of a specialist team from both the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children's hospitals," the statement added.
A day after she was shot, a bullet which hit Yousafzai’s skull was removed by surgeons in Peshawar. She was later transferred to a military hospital in Rawalpindi for more specialist treatment.
Dr. Dave Rosser, the medical director of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said on Monday that Malala Yousafzai would need a significant period of recuperation before undergoing surgery.
Rosser added that part of her skull would be reconstructed either by reinserting the bone that was removed or with a titanium plate.
In 2008 and 2009, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan banned female education in the Swat Valley, depriving more than 40,000 girls of education. TTP militants destroyed hundreds of schools in the valley during a campaign of violence over the course of the two years, which led to a dramatic decline in the number of girls enrolled in schools in the region.
In 2009, Malala Yousafzai rose to fame for writing about life in the Swat Valley under the TTP. She later received Pakistan’s National Peace Award for bravery and was also nominated for an international children's peace award.
Earlier this month, the TTP spokesman said that the militants attacked Malala Yousafzai because she was anti-Taliban, adding that she would not be spared.
“She was young, but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas,” Ehsan said, referring to the main ethnic group in northwest Pakistan and southern and eastern Afghanistan.
Most members of the Afghan Taliban and the TTP come from the Pashtun community. It is a society where there is great opposition to education for females and a very low level of literacy.
(Source: Press TV)
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