Tuesday 23 January 2018

Malala stands up for first time after Taliban attack

Alessandra Rizzo Birmingham

THE 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen has stood up for the first time since the attack.

Malala Yousufzai, who was shot for vocally opposing the Taliban, was flown from Pakistan to Birmingham to receive treatment after the attack earlier this month, which drew international condemnation.

She has become a symbol of resistance to the Islamist group's effort to deny women education and other rights.

Dave Rosser, medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, said she was now able to write and appeared to have at least some memory recall despite her brain injuries.

"It's clear that she's not out of the woods yet," Mr Rosser said, adding she had sustained a "very, very grave injury". But he said she was "doing very well".

"In fact she was standing with some help for the first time this morning. She's communicating very freely, writing," he said.

Mr Rosser said, however, that the teenager was not able to speak because she had undergone a tracheotomy so she could breathe through a tube in her neck -- an operation that was performed because her airways had been swollen by the bullet.

Malala was shot as she left school in Swat, northwest of Islamabad.

The Taliban said it attacked her because she spoke out against the group and had praised US President Barack Obama.

Irish Independent

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