The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala back on her feet: Hospital


LONDON (AFP) - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taleban, has been able to stand with help for the first time, doctors treating her at a British hospital said on Friday.

She is also communicating by writing notes, said Doctor Dave Rosser, the medical director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, in central England, where the teenager was taken to from Pakistan on Monday.

She was shot on a school bus in the former Taleban stronghold of the Swat valley last week as a punishment for campaigning for the rights of girls to an education, in an attack which outraged the world.

"Malala Yousufzai's condition this morning is comfortable and stable," the hospital said in a statement.