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Malala discharged from UK hospital

London, Jan 5 (): Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage activist, who was shot in the head by the Taliban three months ago for encouraging the education of girls, has been discharged from a British hospital.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, was shot when she was returning from her school in a van in Pakistan’s scenic Swat Valley on October 9. As she was in a critical state suffering from serious skull injuries, she was flown to Britain from Pakistan for specialized care. The schoolgirl left the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after doctors were satisfied about her recovery and decided she could be treated well as an outpatient staying at her family’s temporary home in the West Midlands.

On Thursday, she was discharged from hospital, after doctors decided that “she would benefit from being at home” with her parents and two brothers.

Dave Rosser, medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham said Malala ia a strong young woman and had worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery.

Hospital officials said, for the next few weeks, Yousafzai will spend with her parents at their temporary house somewhere in England. At the same time, she will be treated as an outpatient by the hospital. In the coming weeks, she will be undergoing cranial reconstruction surgery later this month or in February.

Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Pakistan’s ambassador to Britain said British authorities are looking after the security of Yousafzai and her location will not be made public.

Malala’s father said the family was moved by “the heart-touching good wishes of the people across the world of all castes, colour and creed”.

Malala has become an internationally familiar symbol of fighting the Taliban to deny the rights of women and education and more than 250,000 people have signed online petitions calling for her to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism. In an indication of her reach, she was short-listed for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year”,2012.

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