Shooting victim able to stand
LONDON—Doctors treating 15-year-old Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai said today that she is able to stand with help and to write, though she still shows signs of infection.
Malala is “well enough that she’s agreed that she’s happy, in fact keen, for us to share more clinical detail,” said Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
The infection probably is related to the track of a bullet that grazed her head when she was attacked by Taliban gunmen, Rosser said.
“She is not out of the woods yet,” he warned.
“Having said that, she’s doing very well,” Rosser added. “In fact, she was standing with some help for the first time this morning when I went in to see her.”
Malala was shot and critically wounded on Oct. 9 as she headed home from school in the northwest Swat Valley.
The Taliban said they targeted Malala, a fierce advocate for girls’ education, because she promoted “Western thinking” and was critical of the militant group.
Malala was flown from Pakistan to Birmingham on Monday for advanced medical treatment and for security protection.
Scans have revealed some physical damage to her brain, but “at this stage we’re not seeing any deficit in terms of function,” Rosser said.