'Thank God I'm not dead': Malala's first thought after shooting
LONDON (AFP) - Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai's first thought was "Thank God I'm not dead" as she woke up terrified in British hospital after a Taleban gunman shot her in the head, according to extracts from her autobiography published in the Sunday Times newspaper.
But the 16-year-old, among the favourites for the Nobel Peace Prize which will be announced on Oct 11, said she was unable to talk, had no idea where she was and was unsure even of her own name when she emerged from a coma after six days.
In the extract from her book "I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taleban", which is published on Tuesday, Malala said she remembered almost nothing of the attack itself.
The last thing she recalled on Oct 9, 2012, the day she was shot, was sitting with her friends on a bus as it rounded an army checkpoint on the way to school in the insurgent-riddled Swat Valley in north-west Pakistan.