LONDON (AFP) ― The British hospital treating Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, said Friday that she has been temporarily discharged ahead of surgery.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, said the 15-year-old would stay at her family’s temporary English home before undergoing major surgery on her skull in a few weeks.
“Malala Yousufzai was discharged from Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) as an inpatient yesterday (3 January 2012) to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the West Midlands,” its statement said.
“The 15-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, is well enough to be treated by the hospital as an outpatient for the next few weeks.”
Malala was shot on her school bus by a Taliban hitman in October, in an attack that shocked the world.
The bullet grazed her brain coming within centimeters of killing her, and she was airlifted to the specialist Queen Elizabeth Hospital days after the attack in Mingora in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley.