Girl shot by Taliban undergoes 2 operations in UK
LONDON (AP) - A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban is in stable condition after undergoing two successful operations to reconstruct her skull and restore her hearing, the British hospital treating her said Sunday.
Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital said doctors for 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was targeted for advocating girls' education, were "very pleased" with her progress after five hours of skull reconstruction and ear surgery on Saturday.
"She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family," the hospital said in a statement, adding that she would continue to recover in the hospital until she is well enough to be discharged.
The teenager drew the world's attention by being shot and critically wounded by Taliban militants on Oct 9, as she walked home from school in north-western Pakistan. The Islamist group said they targeted her because she promoted girls' education and "Western thinking" and criticised the militant group's behaviour when it took over the scenic Swat Valley where she lived.