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Malala stable, making good progress: Doctors

October 31, 2012 18:48 IST

Pakistan's teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, who was grievously injured after being shot in the head by the Taliban, is stable and making good progress, doctors treating her at a United Kingdom hospital said on Wednesday.

"The medical team caring for Malala Yousufzai at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham reported today that she is still stable and making good progress with her treatment," the hospital said in a statement.

It said only the medical team from the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children's hospitals and Malala's immediate family have been given access to her bedside.

Malala, 15, was flown to the UK in an air ambulance provided by the UAE for treatment at the specialist hospital in Birmingham.

She was shot on October 9 by Taliban militants when she was returning from school. Two of her classmates were also injured in the attack.

The Taliban wanted to eliminate her as she had been leading a campaign for girls' education in the Swat Valley near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

On Monday, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, along with British and UAE foreign ministers, visited the hospital where Malala is undergoing treatment.

The British foreign ministry said the three ministers met her father and enquired about her health.

Malik expressed gratitude to Britain and the UAE for their support to Malala, who will need reconstructive surgery after a bullet grazed her brain.

H S Rao
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