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Malala Yousafzai leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital
From: BBC          Published On: January 4, 2013, 00:43 GMT
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Malala Yousafzai leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Malala Yousafzai leaves the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

A Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from a Birmingham hospital as an inpatient.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, was being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) after being transferred following the attack in October.

She will continue her rehabilitation at her family's temporary home in the West Midlands.

The Taliban said it shot Malala, a campaigner for girls' education, for "promoting secularism".

'Strong young woman'

She was returning home from school in the north-western Swat district on 9 October when gunmen stopped her vehicle and shot her in the head and the chest.

The teenager was flown to the hospital in Birmingham to receive specialist treatment.

Over the past few weeks, Malala has been leaving the hospital on home visits to spend time with her father Ziauddin, mother Toorpekai and younger brothers, Khushal and Atul.

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said doctors believe she will continue to make good progress outside the hospital.

The schoolgirl is due to undergo cranial reconstruction surgery in late January or early February.

Dr Dave Rosser, the trust's medical director, 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.

"She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her care."

Malala came to prominence when, as an 11-year-old, she wrote a diary for BBC Urdu, giving an account of how her school in Mingora town dealt with the Taliban's 2009 edict to close girls' schools.

Her love for education, and her courage to stand up to the Taliban made her an icon of bravery and earned her a national peace award in 2011.

The president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, visited Malala at the hospital on 8 December and assured the family his government would meet the expenses of the treatment.

On Wednesday, the Pakistan government announced that Malala's father has been given a job in Birmingham.

Mr Yousafzai has been appointed education attache at the Consulate of Pakistan for at least three years.

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