Pakistan's Malala to get titanium plate in skull: Doctors
LONDON (AFP) - British doctors said on Wednesday they will insert a titanium plate in the skull of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai to repair a hole left when the Taleban shot her for campaigning for girls education.
Surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the central English city of Birmingham plan to carry out the operation to protect the 15-year-old's brain within the next 10 days.
"This is, very simply speaking, putting a custom-made titanium plate over the deficit in her skull, primarily to offer physical protection to her brain in the same way as a normal skull would," the hospital's medical director Dave Rosser said.
Malala, who was attacked in Pakistan's Swat Valley last October as she travelled on a bus to school, has become an internationally recognised symbol of opposition to the Taleban's drive to deny women education.