Malala Yousufzai back on her feet: hospital

Photo shows the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where the injured teenage Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai is being kept.— Photo by AFP

LONDON: Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by the Taliban, has been able to stand with help for the first time, though she still shows signs of infection, doctors treating her at a British hospital said Friday.

She is also communicating by writing notes, said Doctor Dave Rosser, the medical director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, where the teenager was taken to from Pakistan on Monday.

“Malala Yousufzai’s condition this morning is comfortable and stable,” the hospital said in a statement. “Malala’s family remain in Pakistan at this time,” it added.

Yousufzai was shot on a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of the Swat valley last week for promoting secular views and criticising the Taliban, in an attack which outraged the world.

Dr. Rosser said the girl is “well enough that she’s agreed that she’s happy, in fact keen, for us to share more clinical detail.”

Rosser said the infection is probably related to the track of a bullet which grazed her head when she was attacked by Taliban gunmen.

Because of the infection, Rosser said, “she is not out of the woods yet.”

A British television channel reported that the hospital was trying to arrange for her to listen to her father on the telephone, though she is currently unable to talk.

“We know there was some damage to the brain, certainly no physical, no deficit in terms of function,” it quoted a spokesman as saying.

A hospital spokeswoman told AFP Malala was 15, not 14 as previously stated.


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MAH, Abu Dhabi
Oct 19, 2012 07:05pm
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Fear of allah
Oct 19, 2012 02:53pm
Allah is great,those who killed are not humans they are worst than animals,they dont deserve to live in this world there time will come and how they face death only allah knows.It is written in quran they attacked women and children shame on them. Only one will help this nation is allah. May allah give lives to the dead nation where only blood is shed everyday in every city of pakistan. Instead of education the barbarians they kill. They have no meanings of value of lives. How they call themselves human. This is not islam it is there desire to kill whoever they desire. They love money and they worship of money.I wish the army send bombs of cluster and wipe out the nation where terrorist grows. They are mad people.They dont deserve negotiation only death.
Oct 19, 2012 04:37pm
thanks god, help her a little more to better more
A Karim
Oct 19, 2012 03:39pm
No wonder life and death is in Allah's hand. Great news. Hope and pray that she continues to recover fast.
Oct 19, 2012 07:02pm
Malala, you are the hope of your country and you have already inspired millions of people. Walk on! Greetings from Dortmund, Germany.
Oct 19, 2012 05:16pm
@ Uzaal Rahim unfortunately people like you do not understand that its your very mindset that Malala is fighting against. Your attitude towards the world at large and your flawed logic is an existential threat to our country and presents a clear and present danger. I hope Malala comes back to Pakistan soon and shows the scared and voiceless people that there are certain things worth fighting for, even in the face of mortal danger and defeat. @ Bungle We thank UK for their support and appreciated your comment at this forum...
Oct 19, 2012 06:47pm
She is innocent and brave the videos i have seen of her showed a beautiful small girl full of idealism and life and confidence in changing political structure or mentality in Pakistan towards women's education did not realise the obstacles facing with brutal TTP lurking for kill.Till the all the Religious leaders approve women's education there is no hope for Pakistan as uneducated madarsa brainwashed men brandishing ak 47 rule the roost in this urban guerrilla warfare.
Ali Hassan Ayub
Oct 19, 2012 08:00pm
Get well, precious Malala. Whole nation is with you. Hang in there, and Inshallah finish your studies and help lead the nation. And to those enemies of Pakistan who want to make Pakistan backwards and unhappy - SHAME on you.
Oct 19, 2012 01:02pm
Malala: Allah Tumhara Nigheban Ho. Jinu Rakhe Saanian Unu Mar Sakay Na Koi. Beta, you are the true picture of Islam and Inshallah you will soon be OK to continue your struggle for the girls education in your area. You have already defeated the cowardly butchers who are hiding their devilish faces. I have prayed Nwafils immediately after I came to know about your stable condition and contiually praying for your fast recovery, so that you can soon see your grieved father and other family members. All the best Beta. Be aware that the whole world is praying for you and we all love you. Khuda Hafiz PS: I am extremely thankful to the UK Government including its very professional doctors who have played a vital role in bringing Malala back into the life. THANK YOU UK.
Oct 19, 2012 05:44pm
mashallah. Great news and it made my day! death to taliban.
Oct 19, 2012 07:51pm
Get well soon Malala! We are looking forward to the day you come back to us in Pakistan healthy and spirited, as uou are.
Oct 19, 2012 12:36pm
Malala you have to rise again because whole nation is waiting for you you gave the hope to a battered nation May almighty Allah bless you, LONG LIVE MALALA !
Syed Zaheer Ali, Canada
Oct 19, 2012 02:11pm
Long live my child Malala. Thanks to all the people who prayed,including all the doctors who cared. .
sf de jong
Oct 19, 2012 03:32pm
From The Netherlands my deepest respect for you Malala and the girls and women in your country. Never give up. Think positive.I will tell the rest of the world about you, your fight shall be won!!!!! Mrs.Sandra de Jong The Netherlands Europe
Oct 19, 2012 12:53pm
May Allah almighty make Malala the the pride and voice of Pakistan get well soon. Ameen
Oct 19, 2012 12:27pm
This brave daughter has proved that the Will to Survive of this nation is stronger than the desire to kill of some brute monsters. Long Live (Malala ka) Pakistan!
Oct 19, 2012 12:27pm
Sure Pakistani daughter Malala is a great figther. May ALLAH Bless you with a quick recovery, good health & a bright future. Aameen. Suma Aameen.
Oct 19, 2012 02:00pm
Alhamdolillah, May Allah bless all those, who played any role in Malala's recovery. May Allah bless her with complete speedy recovery with long productive life (Ameen).
Oct 19, 2012 06:39pm
Get well soon,become a British citizen and rule Pakistan from there as others are doing Good luck
Oct 19, 2012 01:54pm
congratulation malala for ur recovery
U.S. Rathore, India
Oct 19, 2012 11:48am
God bless you Malala. We all want you back in your home and school in Mingora. U.S. Rathore
Uzaal Rahim
Oct 19, 2012 12:50pm
As a Pakistani I am ashamed that we can't treat our sick and are out to fight your war " War on Terror", Bungle ji.
Oct 19, 2012 12:47pm
Prayers defeated Attackers :-)
sf de jong
Oct 19, 2012 03:29pm
Malala you are of the greatest importance, your freedom shall be respected!!!! I tell the whole world of you!. People in Pakistan shall go to school, women, girls,boys!!!!
Paddy Halligan (Dr)
Oct 20, 2012 10:48am
Malala, keep strong, you are a great role model for us all and have been extraordinarily brave. Paddy.
Oct 19, 2012 11:55am
Fawad Khan
Oct 19, 2012 03:37pm
Malala, we do hope you won't crumble down after what has happened to you and instead come out of it much better and stronger than you ever were.. Wish you a very quick recovery and all the thanks to Allah and the doctors that worked hard on you..
Tahir Ali
Oct 19, 2012 11:54am
Look how happy I am after knowing that she is back on her feet. Look how my eyes gone wet to imagine her standing on her feet. Malala! You are the Daughter of Nation. God bless you my child. Fight, and Fight Hard for your life, for our life and for the life of entire Nation. I am proud of you Malala. You are teaching the world how one can push the hardships of life back to the wall with the help of will power. May Allah help you more to get full recoverd from this state. Ameen.
Oct 20, 2012 12:35pm
Agha Ata (USA)
Oct 20, 2012 12:40pm
Bravo, "Malala" and Thank you Queen Elizabeth Hospital for keeping our Joan Of Arc safe. :)
Oct 20, 2012 01:14pm
Dear Malala Your courage is an inspiration to all of us to continue the good fight against barbarism. Because of you, women's education has already received a huge boost in Pakistan I pray that we see many more young girls being educated in future.
Oct 20, 2012 12:51am
Don't forget the fact that it is only with the help of UK doctors that she will finally live a normal life.Prayers r there but more important is medicine n advanced techniques.
Samira Abd El Naby
Oct 20, 2012 05:52am
Be Strong girl. All our prayers are with you. M ay God revenge from those barbarians who attacked you
Oct 19, 2012 01:06pm
Get well soon Malala, future Leader of Pakistan.
Oct 19, 2012 06:09pm
we hope she will come back to life, and she hope a bright future for Pakistan. This is all about hope.
Oct 19, 2012 03:16pm
The whole world has recognized her work and is praying for her .She was right in criticising the Taliban and she is promoting Islamic views and not secular views as is being wrongly portrayed.
Oct 19, 2012 06:09pm
Today's Best news for to hear more good news about Malala. From INDIA
Oct 19, 2012 11:57am
Oct 19, 2012 12:00pm
Prayers for your speedy recovery.
Oct 19, 2012 11:43pm
God is great! May Allah get you well soon Malala.... Ameen
md.ansarul haque
Oct 21, 2012 11:02am
we all are pray for her good helth
muzammil ullah khan
Oct 19, 2012 02:58pm
i hope the kid makes full and early recovery and leads the fight against the beasts who tried to kill her. our politicians have no back bone and are yellow bellied. may be this kid does what politicians of this country cannot or will not do.
Oct 19, 2012 07:25pm
Malala - welcome to the new and better Pakistan you have created.
Shahida Khan
Oct 19, 2012 05:31pm
Get well soon, little angel! This country and its people need brave individuals like you.
Syed from Australia
Oct 19, 2012 12:54pm
Al prayers are for you. Big Thanks to Allah who has bestowed her with the best possible medical assistance. Thanks to all Doctors involved abroad and home.
Oct 21, 2012 07:32am
Make her world safe, Pakistan. Or you can never have her back.
Daud bin Abdullah
Oct 21, 2012 05:16am
I pray to Allah for your quick recovery little lady.
Oct 21, 2012 05:20am
Malala hats of to you... Your recovery is not only a medical miracle but its an evidence of the unfathomable, unlimited power human beings posses. You are a true role model.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 19, 2012 01:44pm
How wonderful she is standing and taking her first steps. She is in a fine hospital. A close friend of mine took his wife there from nearby Tamworth for treatment. When I told him where Malala went he said, "She is in good hands."
pyarali khoja
Oct 19, 2012 01:44pm
shukar Allah Paak
Oct 20, 2012 10:13pm
Malala: Hope you will have quick recovery and come back to fight against these terrorists at home. We have right to education and freedom. Let us fight for rights and send these terrorists to hell.
Oct 19, 2012 12:10pm
1 voice can make a difference, As an Englishman I am proud of my country being able to help you.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 19, 2012 01:46pm
That is what we all were waiting to hear.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 19, 2012 01:48pm
I'll second that.
Dave Sewell
Oct 19, 2012 01:49pm
Malala personifies bravery!
patriotic human
Oct 19, 2012 01:50pm
Thank You Allah(s.w.t) for your kindness. Its a great news for all. Time for the Talibans to think that whatever they are doing in the name of Allah i.e,killing innocent people,Allah as rejected them. Beware from the wrath of Allah (S.W.T).
Oct 19, 2012 01:31pm
Thank you Allah for saving the daughter of Pakistan. Through her, continue to unite us against extremism. Aameen.
Xtie Lou
Oct 19, 2012 01:15pm
Finally!!! Thank God she's now OK.
Oct 20, 2012 03:30pm are indeed a gifted girl and a tremendous source of inspiration. It is people like you who make this world a better place. Our prayers are with you. InshaAllah you will recover completely to continue your mission (Ameen)
Oct 19, 2012 01:23pm
Mala is a symbol for the daughters of entire World.As a Pakistani Orthopaedic Surgeon working in South Africa, I owe your Nation . I shall not hesitate to serve your Nation as a Doctor whenever need arises in my life time.
David M
Oct 19, 2012 11:35am
adam memon
Oct 19, 2012 01:56pm
Thank God Almighty.May Allah give her complete recovery and make her always happy and healthy life.
Oct 19, 2012 11:32am
"One defient 'NO' can beak the silence of fear." ~ Queen Malala Yousafzai We are thrilled that our Queen is back on her feet. She's a brave lil' figher.
Oct 19, 2012 11:31am
Great news.. Get well soon
Mohdudul Huq
Oct 19, 2012 11:32am
It is very good gesture that UK is helping her for recovery. Salute to doctors and medical team; President of Pakistan.
mumtaz ali
Oct 19, 2012 11:32am
very good news
Oct 19, 2012 11:28am
God bless Malala!
Oct 19, 2012 12:52pm
where are the culprits which rehman malik had claimed to have knowledge of ?
Asif Sheriff
Oct 19, 2012 02:13pm
It took a minor to stand up to the Taliban. Are the rest of the Pakistanis living in Pakistan cowards or simply don't care? What about 14 year old boys? What about the remaining population?
Oct 19, 2012 02:15pm
My friend you have expressed the feelings of millions around the world who are holding their breath to see this remarkable young child taking small steps to recovery. May God give her strength and courage to get well ,as she still has a long way to go yet. Ameen.
Oct 19, 2012 11:25am
Oct 20, 2012 09:14am
Why all the concentration on this single girl? What about all other people who are being killed everyday? Are their lives not important? Why media and Pak govt. not talking about other deaths?
Shahid Niaz
Oct 19, 2012 11:21am
Be strong and show the world that if there is a will there is a way. We are all with you and pray for an early and full recovery. (Amin)
Oct 19, 2012 11:21am
Good news :-) .... Congratulations to all who were praying all over the world.
Oct 19, 2012 02:23pm
Where is THE SAVER when the families of the lesser god are killed mercilessly every day by drones?
Oct 19, 2012 03:28pm
@Uzaal: You must be the most insensitive and low human being. Instead of praying for this young girls' recovery and thanking the doctors and nurses at the hospital, you are creating ill feeling for them.
Sohaib YAHIA
Oct 19, 2012 12:06pm
Savior is stronger than the killer
Oct 19, 2012 12:04pm
Thanks to all the doctors and medical staff, both here and in England. Thanks to Allah for His kindness.
Oct 19, 2012 02:36pm
Let's make things better. Together!
Uzaal Rahim
Oct 19, 2012 12:55pm
We pray for her like we pray for all sick. But Malala will not be back the same. Don't attach too much hope what Hospital spokesperson says.
Oct 19, 2012 02:33pm
And God have mercy on the children of Waziristan who have one else to protect them from the drone terror.
sad ahmed
Oct 19, 2012 02:32pm
Thanks to all the docter nursis hospitan and sergeon of Pakistan army and the nation of pakistan and world every one pray for a daughter of pakistan Secial thanks to UK hospital and hospital Staff Allah will bless u all.
Oct 19, 2012 11:06am
ZINDA BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 19, 2012 01:51pm
Malala, your strength and grit is an inspiration for all of us. Our prayers are with you for a full recovery. God bless!
Oct 19, 2012 11:15am
We all pray for you. Inshallah you will rise and fight for education. We Pakistanis love you as daughter of nation.
Oct 19, 2012 11:13am
Alhamdulilah.... So happy for you, brave face of Pakistan :-) May Allah bless you........ :-) Amen
Oct 19, 2012 01:24pm
Thanks a lot Bungle! We all really appreciate your help and kindness. Malala, We are all praying for you. And by that I mean, the whole peace and education loving world (not just Pakistanis). I am a Pakistani living in NY and so many Americans (friends and colleagues) have asked me about your condition. We all love you and hope/pray/wish/dream that you feel better soon and make it back to Swat. You really made us proud and like they say.....YOU ROCK!!!!
Hussain Shah
Oct 19, 2012 12:35pm
MALALA is very brave and she is the future of PAKISTAN ,terrorist shame on you. MALALA is born leader and she was born after 140 years , there was another MALALA who gave defeat to GREAT - BRITTAN in the same area. ALLAH will be with her .
Oct 19, 2012 12:33pm
Thank God for her recovery...I hope it will continue and she can once again be an inspiration to all the girls of Pakistan and all the believers in education of women throughout the world...
Oct 19, 2012 04:27pm
may allah give malala good health Ameen
Oct 19, 2012 04:52pm
I hope our corrupt leadership are replaced with people like Malala. Atleast, I can dream!!
Nadeem Ahmad
Oct 19, 2012 04:16pm
Why is her family not with her? Thank God she is awake, get well little princess, you are a heroine for the world, not just Pakistan. You changed the world, when those evil people shot you.
Oct 19, 2012 06:06pm
Doctors and other staff in UK have helped Malala without any discrimination of religion or race. We are thankful to the hospital staff. Their is food for thought for us. Humanity is the basis and the main reason for religion. World devised rights for prisoners of war after the first and second world war. Our prophet (SAWW) told us the prisoner's rights after the war of Badr, in the very beginning of Islam. Extremist ideology like Talibaan's is totally against Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and humanity.
Artha Jain
Oct 19, 2012 05:17pm
she should not return back to pakistan.
Oct 19, 2012 01:13pm
such a brave, courageous enlightend girl, if any child is groomed like her, after her recovery, she can come in politics, i wish her for our future primemininster. Allah Bless you
Maryam Saeed
Oct 19, 2012 05:41pm
why the media is improperly portraiting the picture, by crediting taliban for Mulala's attack, this is a planned attack by American Agencies and they were never faithful with us, and never can be. I am praying to God to recover this innocent girl, since she had become a victim of a big conspiracy
Oct 19, 2012 01:12pm
such a brave, courageous enlightend girl, if any chilg is groomed like her, after her recovery, she can come in politics, i wish her for our future primemininster. Allah Bless you
Oct 19, 2012 07:17pm
May Allah bless her with speedy recovery, Aamin.
Fawad Khan
Oct 19, 2012 05:54pm
Malala, we do hope you won
Oct 19, 2012 08:14pm
The presence of her Loving family near her in UK would help in recovery and keep them from harms way as TTP threatening to kill the Father.
Oct 19, 2012 01:03pm
Thank you.
A. Khan
Oct 19, 2012 01:08pm
May GOD give her wellness, wisdom, knowledge, and courage to further her mission for the entire mankind - hindus, muslims, jews, christians, buddhists - all men and women !
Steve (London)
Oct 19, 2012 04:47pm
As a UK citizen I just want to say that as a nation we in the UK are proud to help Malala and anyone else who stands for peace, education and progress - especially those who do so to help others at great personal risk to themselves. We need to stand together and fight for freedom as citizens of the world, regardless of our differences in faith, nationality, language, culture or anything else that people would use to try to divide us. God bless Malala
A Zeb
Oct 19, 2012 03:03pm
You are real face of Pakistan Malala and I have never seen a brave girl like you in whole of my life, all over the world people are praying for you and sending get-well soon cards and massages. You are real star as you gave hope to suppressed people all over the world. We all family praying for your heath and well beaning. We are also thankful to doctors here in UK and Pakistan for taking care of you.