Thursday 14 November 2019

Shooting girl surgery 'successful'

Undated handout photo issued by Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham of Malala Yousufzai in her hospital bed with her father Ziauddin and her two younger brothers Atal Khan (far right) and Khushal Khan (centre). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 26, 2012. Her father thanked Dr Dave Rosser and the hospital staff for the treatment his daughter is receiving. See PA story POLITICS Schoolgirl. Photo credit should read: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham of Malala Yousufzai in her hospital bed with her father Ziauddin and her two younger brothers Atal Khan (far right) and Khushal Khan (centre). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 26, 2012. Her father thanked Dr Dave Rosser and the hospital staff for the treatment his daughter is receiving. See PA story POLITICS Schoolgirl. Photo credit should read: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A schoolgirl who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan has undergone successful surgery, doctors have said.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham confirmed that Malala Yousufzai, 15, underwent cranial reconstruction and cochlear implantation procedures on Saturday.

A hospital spokeswoman said Malala's medical team were "very pleased" with her progress following the operations, which lasted for around five hours.

Commenting on the surgery, the spokeswoman said: "Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital. Her condition is described as stable and her medical team are very pleased with the progress she has made so far. She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family."

Malala has been receiving treatment at the hospital since she was flown to Britain in October after being shot in north-west Pakistan for promoting women's rights. Doctors at the hospital said on Wednesday that Malala was set to undergo surgery for what they hoped would be the last time.

The teenager required the fitting of a custom-made titanium plate to repair damage to her skull, as well as a cochlear implant to help her recover hearing in her left ear.

Speaking earlier this week, Dr Dave Rosser, medical director at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said both procedures were routinely carried out at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Dr Rosser described Malala as a "remarkable young woman" who had made great progress in her recovery. He also said she was fully aware of the threats the Taliban had made against her life. Addressing a media briefing on Wednesday, Dr Rosser said: "She's not naive at all about what happened to her and the situation in terms of her high profile. She's incredibly determined to continue to speak for her cause."

Dr Rosser said it could take "between 15 and 18 months" for any hearing to recover in her left ear but added that in time she would have almost normal levels of hearing, thanks to the surgery. Dr Rosser also credited the surgeons who operated on Malala in Pakistan soon after she was shot with saving her life. Malala escaped death by a matter of inches when she was shot on October 9 last year as the bullet entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, "grazing" her brain.

In a statement, the hospital said Malala would continue her recuperation as an inpatient until she was well enough to be discharged.

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