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Congratulations to humanity: Malala rises like a phoenix

‎”Which country am I in?”, first question Malala asked!

Feel like replying “Honey you are in a country where every one has nothing but admiration and love for you! where you don’t get shot for liking Obama or Benazir Bhutto or Bacha Khan or wanting to go to school”

This angel of innocence and wisdom will deafeat you all! You shot her in head but she is fighting back. We will fight back to defeat ignorance, tyranny and wars. Dawn of emancipation will shine on Indian Subcontinent one day very soon!

Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl flown to Britain for treatment after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan, has the potential to make “pretty much a full recovery”, her doctors have said.

She is able to stand with help and is writing notes, and although the bullet grazed her brain she has not shown “any deficit in terms of function”, doctors at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham said on Friday.

She was “not out of the woods but is doing very well”, said Dr Dave Rosser, medical director of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS foundation trust.

Malala, whose age was given as 15 by the hospital, and not 14 as previously reported, was shot 10 days ago on her school bus after promoting the education of girls and criticising Taliban militants.

Initially treated by neurosurgeons at a Pakistani military hospital before being flown to the UK on Monday, she awoke from a medically induced coma on Tuesday afternoon and reportedly asked: “Which country am I in?”

The bullet, fired at point-blank range, struck just above the back of the left eye, went down through the side of her jaw, damaging the skull and the jaw joint on the left side, went through the neck and lodged in the tissues above the shoulder blade. Shock waves from the bullet shattered the thinnest bone of the skull and fragments were driven into the brain.

“The bullet grazed the edge of her brain,” Rosser said. “Certainly if you’re talking a couple of inches more central, then it’s almost certainly an unsurvivable injury.”

Doctors say she has memory but they have not talked to her about the shooting. “From a lot of work we have done with our military casualties we know that reminding people of traumatic events at this stage increases the potential for psychological problems later, so we wouldn’t do that,” Rosser said.

He said Malala was aware of her surroundings, and though she couldn’t talk because she had a tracheotomy tube, she had given permission for medical details to be revealed, and wanted to thank everyone for their support.

She was still showing some signs of infection, related to the bullet track, but “she was standing with some help for the first time this morning. She is communicating very freely. She is writing. She has a tracheotomy tube because her airway was swollen by the passing of the bullet, so she is not able to talk, though we have no reason to believe she won’t be able to talk once this tube is out, which may be in the next few days.”

The specialist doctors, who have expertise in treating soldiers with gunshot injuries flown back from Afghanistan, said it was a “fluid situation” and Malala had suffered “a very, very grave injury”. She will need a couple of weeks to rehabilitate before her skull will need to be reconstructed and work may be carried out on her jaw.

Rosser said it was too early to say whether there would be “any subtle intellectual or memory deficit down the line”. But in terms of function, “she is able to understand, she has some memory, I am led to believe, she is able to stand, she’s got motor control, she’s able to write. It certainly would be over-optimistic to say that there is not going to be any further problems, but it is possible she will make a smooth recovery. It’s impossible to tell.”

He said the hospital was trying to arrange for Malala to listen to her father, who remains in Pakistan, on the phone, though she would not be able to speak to him because of the tube. Hospital staff were communicating with her in Urdu, though it was clear she understood English.

“She is keen that people share the details. She is also keen that I thank people for their support and their interest. She is obviously aware of the amount of support and interest this has generated around the world. She is keen to thank people for that,” Rosser said.

Malala was shot along with two classmates as they made their way home from school in north-west Pakistan, in what the foreign secretary, William Hague, described as a “barbaric attack”. (Source)

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  • A precious life. A hope for millions of my countrymen. May the little princess live, and live long enough to see the change she dreams about. I would say, hers is a more precious life than mine.

  • Tweet –
    Campaign against #Malala is NOT the voice of the ppl of #Pakistan. It’s a deliberate effort to sabotage what she stands for, counter support
    We need to say this at all forums and in as many ways as possible.

    Malala’s event was an important window of opportunity for Pakistan which will soon be wasted at the hand of conspiracy mongers. This is important incident, because through this event, our government, military, mullah and politicians incestuous relationships highly skewed priorities have come out in the open and they are caught off guard, i.e., it is being serially proven that for them for now Haqqani network in North Waziristan is more important than education/life of youth of Pakistan. The blood of our youth is cheaper than that of those cowards hiding in the jungles amid mountains.

    Mind you, this is a very important and a very notable choice that that these institutions have made, this deliberate act of preferring to preserve the brokers of strategic depth in Post American Afghanistan over youth of Pakistan is a dangerous and bloody trade that is being done and it will have historically grave and deleterious consequences on our youth which generations will have to pay through their life blood. The (government, military and mullahs) are guilty of making this choice! and they know that the choice they have made is like stabbing this country on its back in one silent night and now they are trying to cover this shameless act by spewing conspiracies before our media find it another sensationalist item to brush their guilt or our masses wakes up.