London: Almost four months after she was shot in the head, Pakistani teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai has been released from a UK hospital where she was being treated after being attacked by the Taliban.
Yusufzai had 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, Sky News reported.
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 said her family had asked for the media to respect their privacy and dignity at this time.
Malala was shot in Pakistan’s conservative Swat Valley on October 9 and was air-lifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on October 15 for further specialist treatment. She received bullet wounds just above her left eye.
Malala had earlier this month undergone two successful operations to attach a titanium plate and cochlear implant.
The procedures carried out on her included Titanium cranioplasty which is repairing of the missing area of skull with a titanium plate that has been moulded to accurately replicate the skull.
The other procedure was the Cochlear implant which is fitting a small, complex electronic device that provides a sense of sound to someone who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.The hospital’s medical team said it was “very pleased” with the progress Malala had made after the last operations
and would continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the city.
Doctors had earlier said they did not expect Malala to have to undergo any further surgery.
She is now expected to secure permanent residence in the UK after her father Ziauddin Yousafzai was given a job with the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham for the next three years.
Earlier this week, speaking in a recorded video message for the first time since the attack, Malala announced a fund to be used to help provide education for all young people.
The first grant being provided by the Malala Fund will go towards urging families in her home area of the Swat Valley to keep their daughters in education. “God has given me this new life and this is a second
life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated,” she said in the message.
Malala has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian MPs.