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  • 8 February 2013, 16:54

Malala: Schoolgirl Shot By Taliban Discharged

The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from hospital.

Malala Yousufzai has made a good recovery from a five-hour operation she underwent on her skull and ear at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Medical staff said she was well enough to be discharged as an in-patient following the surgery last weekend.

The hospital said the 15-year-old will now continue her rehabilitation at her family's temporary home in Birmingham and will visit occasionally for outpatient appointments.

It added her family had asked for the media to respect their privacy and dignity at this time.

During the surgery a titanium plate was placed on her damaged skull and a cochlear implant fitted.

Malala spent two nights in the hospital's critical care unit before being moved to a ward, where she continued to make progress.

Before the operation she spoke of her hopes for the future and the work she intends to undertake through a charitable fund set up in her name.

The Malala Fund has been created to support her campaign for the right to education for children across the world.

Islamist gunmen said they shot the teenager because she had promoted girls' education and "Western thinking".

She was attacked on a school bus in northwestern Pakistan last October, with the bullet entering just above her left eye and running along her jaw, "grazing" her brain.

Surgeons in Pakistan removed the bullet before she was flown to the UK for further surgery and rehabilitation.

It is thought Malala will secure permanent UK residence after her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, was appointed as an education attache with the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham for three years.

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