Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

Injured teen Malala Yousafzai leaves hospital in Birmingham

The teenage Pakistani education campaigner shot by the Taliban has left the hospital in Birmingham where she had been undergoing specialist treatment.


Malala Yousafzai, 15, hugged and waved goodbye to staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after months of treatment, including surgery to remove the assassin’s bullet from her brain.  


She was shot in the head and chest as she headed to school in Pakistan’s restive Swat Valley on October 09; the Taliban said she had been targeted for calling for equality for girls and “promoting secularism”.  


She will continue her rehabilitation at the family's temporary home in the West Midlands before undergoing major reconstructive surgery in a few weeks.


She will visit the hospital every week to attend out-patient clinical appointments where doctors will assess her progress.


Medical Director Dr Dave Rosser said: 'Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery.


'Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers.


Meanwhile, Malala is now likely to secure permanent residence in the UK after her father was granted a job with the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham.


Ziauddin Yousafzai – a teacher by profession – was appointed education attaché for three years after a visit by Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari who has also said that his government would bear the cost of Malala’s medical treatment. 


Both he and his daughter have had threats made against their lives by the Taliban since the shooting.


Since Malala was shot there have been a number of candlelit vigils in Birmingham and across the world to pray for her recovery.


Celebrities including Madonna and Angelina Jolie have joined millions of people across the world to support Malala.


There are also growing calls for her to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.



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