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Taliban shot victim Malala Yousufzai recovers

14-year old Taliban victim and women's education rights campaigner Malala Yousufzai no longer in a coma, according to doctors from the UK hospital where she is staying. Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital: "Malala is still showing some signs of infection, which is probably related to the bullet track, some infection in the bullet track, which is our key source of concern so to repeat my phrase from Tuesday it's clear that she's not out of the woods yet. Having said that she's doing very well, in fact she was standing with some help for the first time this morning when I went in to see her. She's communicating very freely, she's writing." Malala has been in intensive care since October 9th, when a Taliban gunman entered her school bus, as she travelled home from an exam in Pakistan's Swat Valley, and asked for her by name before shooting her in the neck and head. The Taliban said they wanted to kill the schoolgirl as punishment for spreading secularist ideas. Yousufzai was immediately airlifted to a military hospital in Peshawar, where doctors were forced to begin operating after swelling developed in the left portion of her brain. On the 15th October, Yousufzai was flown to the United Kingdom for medical treatment in the specialist trauma unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham. Reports since then have been encouraging, though doctors have said it will be six months to a year before the full extent of the damage is known. Malala has ...
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