Malala discharged from London hospital

Feb 09, 2013, 03:43 IST | Agencies

15-year-old women's rights activist was released from a London hospital after undergoing skull reconstruction and a cochlear implant surgery

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, has been discharged from hospital in Britain following successful surgery, her doctors said on Friday. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham said the 15-year-old has been making “a good recovery” following surgery last weekend to fix a titanium plate to cover a missing piece of her skull.

Malala will continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in Birmingham. She had a titanium plate installed. File pic

“Her medical team decided she was well enough to be discharged as an inpatient yesterday (February 7),” the hospital said in a statement. “She will now continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in Birmingham and will visit the hospital occasionally for outpatient appointments.”

Malala was shot at point-blank range by a Taliban gunman as her school bus travelled through Pakistan’s Swat Valley on October 9, in an attack that drew worldwide condemnation. During five hours of surgery last Saturday, the schoolgirl had a custom-made piece of titanium fitted to her skull and surgeons also inserted an electronic implant to help restore hearing to her left ear. Malala released a video message in which she thanked supporters for their prayers and vowed to continue with her campaign.

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