Malala’s brain not damaged: Medical reports

Published: October 12, 2012
DG ISPR confirms Malala is still on the ventilator, but her state is satisfactory. PHOTO: ISPR/FILE

DG ISPR confirms Malala is still on the ventilator, but her state is satisfactory. PHOTO: ISPR/FILE

RAWALPINDI: The medical tests done on Malala Yousafzai after a bullet was successfully removed from the gunshot victim have revealed that her brain had not sustained any damage, reported Express News on Friday.

After Malala, a 14-year-old child rights activist, was shot in the head by the Taliban, the doctors who performed surgery on her had expressed fear of a possibility of slight brain damage. However, all of her medical reports came out clear.

Earlier, neuro-surgical and intensive care specialists said that although Malala’s state is satisfactory, the next 36 to 48 hours are critical for her, DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa announced Friday.

Briefing the media on the state of Malala, he said that the transfer from Peshwar to Rawalpindi, although difficult, had transpired successfully.

Bajwa said that the decision to transfer Malala from Peshawar to Rawalpindi was taken in accordance with directives from the doctors’ panel.

The reason, he said, was that “the intensive care facilities here were found to be extremely suitable”, adding that all tests and investigations would be conducted again in here.

The DG ISPR commended the performance of the doctors in Peshawar.

He also told the media that while Malala was being moved, her team of doctors travelled with her.

“The panel consists of both military and civilian doctors but there are two foreign doctors as well who were and are consulted for expert opinion,” he said.

Bajwa said that Malala was still on the ventilator and no decision had been taken on transferring her abroad as yet.

He urged people to continue praying for her.

Earlier, doctors had said that Malala had a 70 per cent chance of survival and despite improvement, was seriously ill.

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  • Thinker
    Oct 12, 2012 - 1:04PM

    i think she will survive as bullet is removed and given that it did not penetrate deep into head.she will be fine.


  • Indian
    Oct 12, 2012 - 2:03PM

    May God bless her…


  • Nadir
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:02PM

    We should be hearing this from her civilian doctors, not the Army who is not a medical expert. Recommend

  • Rick van Holden
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:04PM

    This is what a true Ghazi looks like. God give her life, or shahadat as he pleases.


  • Rana
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:09PM

    Let’s hope and pray for a miracle….Recommend

  • Raza Khan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:15PM

    You are not only the daughter of your parents but you are truly the daughter of whole of Pakistan now! We love you & praying for your full recovery. Love you Beta!Recommend

  • Something Clever
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:16PM

    I don’t see it mentioned in this article in particular but they’ve said while they got it out they aren’t sure about her brain being injured. If the ventilator is being used for a better safe than sorry approach rather than her breathing functions being harmed she’ll probably live but, the quality of life is still up for grabs
    Nobody can be sure, if it’s not vital functions, what that damage has done until she’s conscious.
    At least that’s the way it is with strokes but, brain damage is brain damage.


  • Nadir
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:20PM

    Thanks for editing out the word “propagandist” so now the comment makes no sense.


  • Adnan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Why have neither the President nor the PM visited her?


  • Siddiqui
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:38PM

    it dint make any sense either way…


  • Taimour
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:52PM

    Money sprayed all over the media to raise the issue , Peace Rally to waziristan is not the debate anymore , Public Sentiment created further stronger against tribals instead of political dealing with them , Drones will be justified sooner too ! what a pity and shame for all news papers and electronic media …. Ever thought of highlighting any 10 year girl loosing everything in Drone Attack ? No ! because that is not the foriegn intrest ! I feel sorry for the brave girl but she has been used very smartly knowingly or un intentionally !


  • Oct 12, 2012 - 4:00PM

    You have become the hallmark of education in Pakistan. What has happened to you is unforgivable and for my part I will do what is necessary with these one-eyed mullahs. My family’s prayers are for you Malala and recover to your normal state with Godspeed. Salams


  • ghattiman
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Imagine the plight of women and girls in these areas where taleban rule like fata. I really pity their fate for being born in such dangerous areas where these monsters hate the sight of women.


  • Kaenat kazmi of opf girls college
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:07PM

    *I am a student myself at opf girls college,and as soon as we all heard of this news we couldn’t believe it that someone especially a child of my age had the guts to stand up and speak and then what has happened to her and throughout all these news it is not written anywhere that the president or Imran khan who is usually active have not seen her or anything.I just pray to God that she gets out of this situation quickly and perfectly. This is what happened to us when we heard everything. :( I wish so badly that she comes out alive!


  • yasir ali
    Oct 12, 2012 - 4:12PM

    yo will be recovered very soon,inshallah, as its takes centuries to nation to be gifted with a child like you, you and this incidence will definitely change the fate of Pakistan. this is the climax now ,,,from Right now down fall of Taliban stars,Allah needs the reason to destroy criminals…….. destruction of Pakistani-Taliban’s funded by by foreign agencies sun-sets………….


  • Insaan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 6:06PM

    @Rick van Holden: “God give her life, or shahadat as he pleases.”

    Are you implying “God sent talibans to shoot her”? Some well connected terrorist organization ordered this hit. Some talibans are non-State actors, trained to do what they did to this girl in Afghanistan with blessing of some Pakistan government agencies.


  • Jo
    Oct 12, 2012 - 6:47PM

    Terrorists such as Hafez Saeed get government guards even though they’ve never actually been threatened…


  • Samar_Yz
    Oct 12, 2012 - 6:48PM

    She is our hero! Bless her


  • Fahad Raza
    Oct 12, 2012 - 6:51PM

    No mercy of the perpetrators .!!!Recommend

  • karma
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:01PM

    It’ll be the biggest miracle of our times. Two bullets – to the head and neck and the girl not only survives, but also doesn’t have brain damage.

    My wife has been saying ‘She came to earth with some purpose & that’s the only reason she’s alive”. I am getting around to to thinking my wife may be right.


  • Aamir - Toronto
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:03PM

    Malala….inshah ALLAH, you will overcome this tragic incident, please keep fighting, we all are praying for your speedy recovery.


  • realist
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:06PM

    Get well soon girl. May Lord Krishna bless you. Your country needs you more than ever.

    -eastern neighbor


  • mr. righty rightist
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:08PM

    Perhaps she can be treated in India.

    If the Pak gives up its ego and sends her to India, she will be saved.Recommend

  • Nawaz
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:50PM

    She has a purpose in life so, Inshallah she will be fine.


  • Realistic from pashtunkhwa
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Why has the military taken her over? Leave her alone. It is because of your strategic depth policy.


  • ExTaliban
    Oct 12, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Poor daughter I will pray for you.
    The Pak govt should hunt the dogs that did this.


  • Mian Khaliq ur Rehman
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:00PM

    MashAllah. .. InshAllah she will get better soon.


  • saif
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:12PM

    a whole darama staged to further push the tribal areas to chaos and people thir to miseries.


  • Najam Shabaan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:48PM

    All this in the name of Islam. This is a shame for humanity. This is a conspiracy against Islam and Sunni sect as these criminals call themselves followers of Sahaba Ikram. If it was the era of Hazarat Abu Bakar I gurantee that HE would have punished these criminals before anyone else.

    When during the war of siffin Hazrat Ali was told that the army of opponents snatched some jewelry from the foot of a jewish lady, Hazrat Ali cried and said that it is incident of such deep sorrow and grief that if someone die out of this grief he will be justified AND the followers of these great personalities are doing just against their teachings. WHAT A SHAME!!


  • Siraj anwar
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:55PM

    MALALA YOUSAFZAI is the CHILD STAR of a Pakistani nation,

    She will survive Inshaallah .Recommend

  • Oct 12, 2012 - 8:56PM

    She must be sent to US for further treatment. Neurosurgery esp grivieous brain injuries are not Pakistan’s forte. please swallow your ego for once to save a precious life.


  • Ali Khan
    Oct 12, 2012 - 8:58PM

    We pray with all our hearts for the full recovery of this Brave Daughter of Pakistan. May her voice never be silenced. Ameen Ya Rab!


  • Aftab Ahmad
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:21PM

    This is great news that Malala’s brain not damaged ! The attacked on the little girl Malala had made many people to cry. GOD bless little Malala. She has really exposed Taliban and their ideology she has been fighting against. Her message would continue to live to liberate women and girls from Taliban atrocities against women and girls.

    GOD bless Malala !!


  • Tariq
    Oct 12, 2012 - 9:41PM



  • Mubashir
    Oct 12, 2012 - 10:00PM

    What about the other two girls who got shot and one is in critical condition. No remorse what so ever by Taliban !!

    The Taliban say that who ever speaks against their movement [which includes establishing their version of Sharia] is liable to be killed. They also oppose secular system of education (I guess as opposed to Madrassa system). Now, according to news reports, they are still committed to killing Malala if she survives and have prepared assassination teams to take out her father. They claim they deliberately picked a spot near a check point to attack her to boast about their ability to act when ever and where ever they want!!

    They have no remorse for the two other girls who got hurt and one of them is in critical condition ! So, according to their twisted application of religion, they will find an instance in the past to justify that act. No shortage of stories to seek and apply there!

    The fact that so far except Sunni Tehrik Ulema (mostly of Barelvi sect) no other major religious parties have come out to condemn the Taliban speaks in volumes about what exactly is wrong in our society; There are people in all walks of life who condone such acts!

    One hopes that those sitting on the fence decide what kind of Pakistan they want. Malala’s or of her attackers?Recommend

  • sibghat mansoor
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Get well soon Malala….Pakistan needs brave girls like you…


  • Mazher Mehboob
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:08PM

    Long Live Malala.


  • moony
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:12PM

    u dont know army doctors, so dont say about them…. they r the best ones !!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Osama
    Oct 12, 2012 - 11:49PM

    But The Nation is Completely Damaged……


  • Mohammad Mirza
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:14AM

    You the apologist for the Taliban
    You always begin with one victims or another. How many drone victims you have helped? You are only an apologist for Taliban – and we know you very well, don’t hide behind this facade, you are nothing but a Taliban


  • AJ
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:38AM

    Where is worlds fifth largest To defend us from these crazy maniacs..or may be they are busy in building therei commercial enterprise as they need to sell lands, cement, water, milk, transportation, highway construction etc…etc…or may blood is also a business for them. Should they find and control them as it is duty and responsibility to defend the nation or they are trained to control the political and people’s movement…..


  • Khurram Malik
    Oct 13, 2012 - 2:01AM

    Kindly dont post such pictures as for example My brother have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after an event like that and he is a regular viewer of ET and people like him cannot even sleep even after watching a glimpse of the pictures like these. So kindly it is my Request to all News Outlets to show Some Restraint while Posting Pictures as not only among children but in youth as well and also just like we dont want to post the pictures of Our Mothers and Sisters in distress in a similar manner Malala is a Daughter of this nation and we dont want to post her pictures online in any distress.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 13, 2012 - 2:03AM

    Even her damaged brain is better than Fazal and IK’s brians combined together.


  • Oct 13, 2012 - 2:17AM

    Why Fazul Rehman Supporting Taliban , it is enough for Disel ( Fazul Rehman) the most of Taliban terrorist is from Wahbi community Shame Disel.
    And those saying that drone attacks, Army Operation are reasons of Malala accidents , Shame on them, Malala said to American to use of drones and also to army to do Militray Operations


  • Jerry
    Oct 13, 2012 - 4:46AM

    Army does has expert doctors. They are part of Army Medical Core plus military hospitals of Pakistan are the best and cleanest ones.


  • Lost for words
    Oct 13, 2012 - 5:40AM

    May God bless this brave daughter of Pakistan.

    As for those obsessed with drone strikes, as they say “Don’t enter the kitchen if you can’t take the heat”, so don’t wage Jihad if you don’t want to get hit. This is for Imran Khan. I feel ashamed that I was thinking of voting for you. Thanks for showing your true colours soon.


  • carla siqueland
    Oct 13, 2012 - 6:30AM

    Sending love and support. That strength, intelligence and passion in your soul will get you far Malala Yousafzai!!! <3 <3 <3


  • Waleed
    Oct 13, 2012 - 7:08AM

    Allah Always protects the one of who fights for humanity and right- She is an angel and Allah protects her and will protect her till her time is up. Alhumdullilah she is fine.


  • Oct 13, 2012 - 8:44AM

    Please let’s discuss about Islam, whether the attackers are muslims or not? Leader of Taliban Mullah Umer never supported anti state acts in Pakistan, did he? In my opinion Attackers are neither muslims nor talibans.


  • Shafiq Nasery
    Oct 13, 2012 - 8:57AM

    Suppose she survives then what they will do it again as the military wants this to happen. you play with fire you will catch on fire. Pakistan is now realizing what a deadly game has it been playing with its neighbors. still there is time to start a fresh policy and denounce terrorism including ban on terrorist organizations.


  • Hasan Mehmood
    Oct 13, 2012 - 9:49AM

    How shameless one can get in trying to justify the unjustifiable. You are comparing nameless victims dying in collateral damage to a national symbol of resistance to Taliban’s anti girls education policy targeted in a pre planned point black shooting.

    By the way next time there is a girl victim of drone attack, please go there using your Taliban connections, take pictures and post online. I swear I will raise Hell in her support as well.


  • zubair khan
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:32PM

    Malala yousafzai is the daughter of the east & she will come back inshallah.I don’t undrestand what kind of islam is this so called taliban ask for islam himself is the name of peace so please we all muslims & we knew how to practise our deen.


  • Haider
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:21PM

    because bullet was not fired at her at all… period!


  • Foolitics
    Oct 13, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Why not send her to competent people abroad? Pakistan will be accused of incompetence and false pride if they fail to save her life or not bring her back to normal.


  • Foolitics
    Oct 13, 2012 - 6:40PM

    “In my opinion Attackers are neither muslims nor talibans.”

    Of course! They are nonmuslim RAW,CIA, or Mosaad. Everybody know that! It’s so obvious. Right? :-)


  • shehla
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:22PM

    malala get will soon


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