Atlanta 10/17/2012 2:53:30 AM
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Doctors Believes Malala Yousafzai Will Make “Good Recovery”

Doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital believe Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai “has a chance of making a good recovery” from wounds sustained in a Taliban attack last week in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The 14-year-old is in serious but stable condition. She was flown from a military hospital in Rawalpindi to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Monday in a specially equipped plane provided by the United Arab Emirates.

"Clearly it would be inappropriate on every level, not least for her, to put her through all of this if there was no hope of decent recovery,” said medical director David Rosse. “We are very pleased with the progress she has made so far. She is showing every sign of being just as every bit as strong as we've been led to believe she is."

Taliban militants shot Yousafzai in the head and neck last Tuesday while she was on her way home from school. Doctors removed the bullet from her neck last week. Yousafzai will now undergo neurological treatment and doctors will repair damaged parts of her skull.

Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said the teen was targeted because she promoted education for women. “She wanted to make our women leave their homes for secular education, something the Taliban will never permit," said Ahsan.

“This was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter,” he added. “We have carried out this attack.”

The Taliban vowed to kill Yousafzai if she survives.


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