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Malala Yousafzai visited by family for the first time in UK hospital

London, Oct 26 (): The entire family of the Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai paid a visit to the UK hospital to see their girl child, who is receiving treatment in UK hospital after being shot in her head by Taliban, British officials said on Friday.

Malala’s parents and two brothers reached Birmingham city from Pakistan on Thursday evening and went straight to Queen Elizabeth Hospital to see her.

After reaching Birmingham, they were taken to the hospital with police escort. Ziauddin Yousufzai, Malala’s father told with the prayers from the whole world, she survived the attack and she would surely recover and her health would progress.

On October 9, Malala was attacked and shot by the Taliban while returning to her house in her school van in Swat valley, as a punishment given to her for campaigning for the right of girls to education. The attack outraged the whole world.

Initially, she was given first aid treatment in Pakistan. As she needed intensive treatment which is not available in Pakistan, she was flown to Birmingham from Pakistan on 15th October. When she was moved to UK, she was in medically induced coma and was taken to highly specialized hospital where the staffs have wide experience of handling extremely wounded British soldiers  in Afghanistan.

Dave Rosser, hospital director last week said that she was not able to speak as a tube has been inserted into her trachea to protect her airway, which was swollen after her injury. However, she communicated with the medical staffs by writing notes.

Hospital authorities said that Malala is comfortable now and has started to respond well to their treatment. Above all, she has got lots and lots of goodwill mails from all over the world since she was attacked. Malala has turned into an international symbol of courage.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the shooting in the conservative Swat Valley, but do not appear to have anticipated the level of condemnation it would provoke.