Steady recovery: Malala breathes briefly without ventilator

Published: October 15, 2012
180 suspects have so far been detained in Swat for their involvement in the attack on Malala. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

180 suspects have so far been detained in Swat for their involvement in the attack on Malala. PHOTO: PUBLICITY


While Malala Yousafzai briefly breathed without a ventilator on Sunday, an air ambulance was on standby to fly the iconic teenage peace activist abroad in case of emergency, perhaps to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Military surgeons conducted three consecutive clinical examinations on Sunday and compiled a report which stated: “Malala’s condition is stable and she is recovering from her injury steadily.”

According to military surgeons at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, Rawalpindi, Malala respired without a ventilator on Sunday for a few moments after successfully moving her limbs on Saturday.

“It was an amazing development made by her body. Usually patients on ventilators with such a complicated head injury never show such signs … Keeping our fingers crossed to see her regain consciousness,” one of the surgeons on the board responsible for Malala’s treatment told The Express Tribune requesting anonymity.

He added that Malala would go through another detailed examination on Monday morning for a clinical report. After a review of the reports, a decision would be taken on whether or not to fly her to the UAE.

Sources said the UAE government has already sent an aircraft with all necessary arrangements, including an air ambulance, to take Malala to the Gulf state for further treatment.

Meanwhile, military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa told The Express Tribune that the decision to remove Malala from ventilator and move her to Dubai was yet to be taken by the board of doctors treating her.

However, Maj Gen Bajwa confirmed that an air ambulance was on standby to fly her abroad in case of emergency.

Earlier in a press statement, Maj Gen Bajwa stated: “Short trial of wearing off from ventilator was given her, which was successful. Later, she was reconnected to the ventilator to avoid patient’s fatigue.”

However, no details regarding the treatment of the two other students – Shazia and Kainat who were also injured in the attack on Malala – were available. Maj Gen Bajwa said that “they were also being taken care of at places where they can get the best treatment”.

180 suspects detained

With 20 more arrests on Sunday, 180 suspects have so far been detained in Swat for their involvement in the attack on Malala, a district police official said on Sunday.

The arrests came after security forces and police launched a joint search operation in different parts of Swat. An official said stringent security measures have been put in place across the district and all the entry and exit routes have been manned by security forces and police. He said sporadic door-to-door searches were being conducted in various localities.



Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Max
    Oct 15, 2012 - 5:45AM

    It is a good news. I wish her a fast recovery. Hang in Kid, you will make it.


  • B.Ali
    Oct 15, 2012 - 6:05AM

    i wish to see her again


  • Oct 15, 2012 - 7:03AM

    Assalaam O Alaikum Malala and honorable medical staff (doctors and related staff). This is the best news for the early morning riser. May Allah bless her and guide you all to treat her with success and good health and long life with piety and wisdom. Ameen


  • RZY
    Oct 15, 2012 - 8:39AM

    Fight Malala, fight; just like you always have. Fight. We need you.


  • RZY
    Oct 15, 2012 - 8:41AM

    Come on Malala – fight; just like you always have. We need you.


  • harkol
    Oct 15, 2012 - 8:53AM

    This girl has an unusually strong will. I have seen other such persons who live by the sheer force of their will. Even their own body starts to mend to their will. I have seen people with 100% blockage of an artery, living by new capillaries being formed within the body, to supply blood from an alternative route. If she stages a complete recovery it is nothing short of a miracle.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:07AM

    Malala is sent to UK for treatment.

    ET please update this news.


  • Sameer
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:31AM

    May Allah gives her healthy life Ameen


  • Jat
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:35AM

    Hoping I am wrong, but from all the info released by the government so far, to me it seems she is already “brain dead” and the doctors are keeping her alive on machines. This is perhaps yet another attempt by the Pakistani government to hide truth from its people and to avoid taking on the Taliban (strategic assets).

    Let me repeat, wish I am totally wrong.


  • antanu g
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:44AM

    a good news….Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Oct 15, 2012 - 9:47AM


    According to Hamid Mir, Malala has been flown to UK as her brain and spinal chord have been damaged and she was unable to sustain breathing for not more than two minutes when venilator was removed by the doctors. Hamid was speaking to a news agency.


  • Maqsood Alam
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:34AM

    We pray for Malala’s recovery..
    Let us have Sympathy equally to those innocent sisters being killed and injured in DRONE ATTACKS.. Let us not be biased.


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