Malala Yousafzai sent to Britain for treatment: ISPR

Monday, October 15th, 2012 9:59:06 by

Following the decision of the board of doctors treating Malala Yousafzai in the Military Hospital (MH), she has been sent to the United Kingdom (UK) for further treatment, an ISPR statement said on Monday.

Malala, an outspoken advocate for girls’ education, was shot in the head and neck by Taliban as she waited for a school bus last Tuesday in Swat.

The decision to send Malala to the UK had been taken after consultations with her family members and all expenses for her treatment would be borne by the Government of Pakistan, the statement stated.

It noted, “It was an amazing development made by her body. Usually patients on ventilators with such a complicated head injury never show such signs. Keeping our fingers crossed to see her regain consciousness.”

She was being treated at the country’s top military hospital in Rawalpindi where doctors on Sunday removed her ventilator for a successful short trial, the military said in a statement, adding it was later reconnected “to avoid patient’s fatigue.

According to the statement, her condition is stable and she is making steady and satisfactory progress.

ISPR statement further said that Malala’s condition was out of danger and she was improving slowly and steadily. Her ventilator was removed for a while and Malala was breathing on her own.

It stated, “It is expected that in due course of time she will need repair/replace of damaged bones of the skull and long term rehabilitation including intensive neuro rehabilitation.”

The statement added that 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, whose shooting has drawn condemnation abroad and at home, will require prolonged care to fully recover physically and psychologically.

Earlier Pakistan Ambassador in United Arab Emirates (UAE) had informed a private TV channel that an air ambulance had arrived from UAE to shift Malala abroad as part of the contingency plans.

Malala has become a potent symbol of resistance against the Taliban’s efforts to deprive girls of an education.

The nation has held some protests and candlelight vigils but government officials have refrained from publicly criticizing the Taliban by name over the attack, in what critics say is a lack of resolve against extremism.

Opponents of the government and military say the shooting is another reminder of the state’s failure to tackle militancy.

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