Bogus ‘family’ turned away from Malala’s UK hospital

Published: October 16, 2012
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Ambulance transfers Malala Yousufzai to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. PHOTO: AFP

Ambulance transfers Malala Yousufzai to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. PHOTO: AFP

BIRMINGHAM: Several people claiming to be relatives of the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban tried to enter the British hospital where she is being treated, an official said Tuesday.

The medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Malala Yousafzai is in intensive care stressed that the incidents did not create any security concerns and police said nobody was arrested.

“We have had some, I guess I would say, irritating incidents overnight and I understand that a number of people have been arrested but there are no security concerns,” hospital medical director David Rosser told journalists.

“I understand that a number of people turned up claiming to be members of Malala’s family – which we don’t believe to be true – and have been arrested.”

However a police spokeswoman denied that any arrests were made.

“We are investigating what happened but I can confirm that there were no arrests,” the spokeswoman for West Midlands Police told AFP.

The teenager spent a comfortable first night in the hospital, Rosser said, after she arrived in Birmingham in central England on a flight from Pakistan on Monday.

Malala faces long road to recovery: UK doctors

Following her arrival in the UK, Dave Rosser, the medical director at Birmingham hospital, said that Malala Yousufzai  –  the 14-year-old activist who was shot by the Taliban – faced a long road to recovery.

Malala flew in to Birmingham Airport in central England at around 7:50pm, an airport spokeswoman said.

She was first airlifted from Swat to a military hospital in Peshawar, then to the top military hospital in Rawalpindi, where doctors on Sunday took her off a ventilator for a “successful” short trial.

She will be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, a highly specialised facility where British soldiers seriously wounded in Afghanistan are treated, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Doctors in Pakistan have said Malala needs treatment for a damaged skull and “intensive neuro-rehabilitation”, a service that can be provided in the UK hospital.

Malala’s panel of doctors and international experts agreed Malala needed “prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of trauma that she has received”.

“We do unfortunately have very extensive experience of dealing with this sort of traumatic bullet related injury,” Rosser said on the issue.

“Our experience with battle casualties, and you can deal with her as a battle casualty from a physiological point of view, is that patients need lots of different specialities.”

Rosser also said that Malala will need reconstructive surgery.

Security concerns

Security concerns for Malala’s departure after daybreak from Islamabad – in an air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates – were not announced until the plane was airborne.

Malala, who had been treated in a military hospital, was accompanied on the plane by an intensive care specialist.

Asked if Malala will be guarded at the Birmingham hospital, Cameron’s spokeswoman said: “You wouldn’t expect me to talk about security matters in detail but certainly security has been taken into account.”

Rosser, while talking to the media later on Tuesday, said that the security was “well under control”.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Hopeful
    Oct 16, 2012 - 1:20PM

    Thank you UK

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  • Faizan Javed
    Oct 16, 2012 - 1:25PM

    What would happen if a war break out at the borders of Pakistan? Will all the wounded soldiers of Pakistan be shifted to, and treated the same way in Queen Elizabeth Hospital of Birmingham? Why not yet we have this “intensive neuro-rehabilitation” service even in a military hospital? Pity…

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  • Khalid Pathan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 2:00PM

    What a criminal and barbaric attack on a 14 year old girl whose only fault was that she was waging a non stop war against ignorance and helplessness of women folk in many areas of Pakistan. Since this attack is being carried out in the name of Islamic Law “sharia” brings shame to all Muslims anywhere in the world. However, I find it hard to believe that right wing and religious parties instead of condemning this act are trying to justify it, even Imran Khan is playing the same tune. No hope!

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  • Imran
    Oct 16, 2012 - 3:07PM

    @Khalid Pathan:
    This Pretty much explains the kind of change he is going to bring.

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  • Imtiaz
    Oct 16, 2012 - 3:23PM

    “We do unfortunately have very extensive experience of dealing with this sort of traumatic bullet related injury,” Rosser said on the issue.

    I think he wanted to say “fortunately”. And Dr. Rosser, please get her well, we Pakistanis would be eternally grateful.

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  • Nana Aisha kwaga
    Oct 16, 2012 - 3:36PM

    it is a shame that even children are not speard ,in this kind of babaric act.Recommend

  • Asad
    Oct 16, 2012 - 3:49PM

    Pakistan has Taliban’s but no hospitals!!

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  • Waseem
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Shame on those politicians who are preferring their political importance first rather condemning the terrorists especially Imran Khan from whom it was not expected.

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  • adnan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:18PM

    @Imtiaz:
    tat got me thinking as well… but hes quite right..
    by unfortunate means he meant the people were shot in h first place and he had to deal with many cases like this… and thats unfortunate… he wud have hoped he receieves lesser cases …

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  • yaz
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:23PM

    @Khalid Pathan:
    Kindly leave Imran Khan out of this. Imran Khan and his party men have denounced it, not once but many times over. No man in his right senses can go without condemning this brutal act. But for some of us, IK bashing has become our favorite pastime.

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  • sars
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:34PM

    @Imtiaz:
    unfortunately was correct, he is sad about how many people need this expertise.

    @Faizan Javed:
    despite the largest chunk of our budget going to the military , it doesnt have any better healthcare than the rest of the nation.
    Things will never change untill we value each life as important and work towards improving the quality

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  • Amir
    Oct 16, 2012 - 4:43PM

    @Imtiaz
    Unfortunately because people have been shot and brought there. Fortunately would have been if no one was shot and brought there….hospital terminology.

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  • vasan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:02PM

    So Malala chasers are in UK as well. Britishers, take care, esp your young daughters. Better conduct a proper enquiry of all unauthorised visitors and may be, send them to G Bay.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:23PM

    Anyone who claims to be Malala’s relative, hand over him the medical bill. No one will come there again.

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  • Oct 16, 2012 - 5:31PM

    So police is arresting them on belief?

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  • Sir King Kong Bunty
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:33PM

    These must be PTI trolls in Birgmingham who are trying to make Malala join PTI. Shamess people!

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  • smj
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:34PM

    @yaz: Imran Khan and the other custodians of Islam denounce the crime, but not the criminals. The crocodile tears were a good show to confuse the horrified nation, right after that they started blaming Malala for being “played by the foreign hands/NGOs”.

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  • FJ
    Oct 16, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Why cannot they stop Pakistani pana in the UK :@

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  • Oct 16, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Welcome Malala, these self styled community leader ‘uncles’ dared not condemn the attacks on pakistani schools let alone the taliban and now have the audacity to come and pay their respects?

    they should be arrested, their passports taken off them and sent back to pakistan

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  • Fakhar
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:22PM

    @Hopeful:
    Pak Govt is paying for the expenses. UK is not doing Ehsaan. Anybody who can pay can benefit from these services.

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  • Singh
    Oct 16, 2012 - 7:31PM

    @Imtiaz:
    Dr. is right, It is indeed unfortunate to have patient like this who is suffering due to some idiotic religious belief.

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  • Pawroti
    Oct 16, 2012 - 7:41PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    I admire your sense of Humor. Maybe you are not humorous but well said either way.

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  • Pawroti
    Oct 16, 2012 - 7:43PM

    @Hopeful:
    Now you should also ask all those religious fanatics to back off from their fanatical ways.

    They are a disgrace to the religion.

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  • Foolitics
    Oct 16, 2012 - 8:50PM

    There are probably more Pakistanis in the UK with the Taliban mindset than the actual number of Taliban in Pakistan. Truth has to be told.

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  • Foolitics
    Oct 16, 2012 - 8:54PM

    @smj:
    “@yaz: Imran Khan and the other custodians of Islam denounce the crime, but not the criminals. ”
    There are two logical possibilities for this attitude. Either they are cowards who are afraid of Taliban or they actually believe in the Taliban ideology. Either way, these types are bad news.

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  • Rafiq
    Oct 16, 2012 - 9:54PM

    @yaz: IK never felt in his heart the sorrow feelings of people.He is too stubborn. He thinks whatever he thinks is 100% right. But on this issue he disappointed everyone in Pakistan. His stance on TTP is 100% wrong. Well no hope, Govt, all political and religous leaders have their own preferences and agendas. One reality, All political parties and their leaders cannot sit on one table. They hate each other and people of Pakistan are suffering. God please have mercy on us.

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  • sid
    Oct 16, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Why is UAE paying her medical bills???????can’t we pay our billsRecommend

  • Something Clever
    Oct 16, 2012 - 11:52PM

    @Foolitics:
    Oh yes. The truth has to be told. Look at all the cover ups going on here. I see… None.

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  • M Usama Kabbir
    Oct 17, 2012 - 10:19AM

    She stood up for what she believed in and was shot. Millions of women and girls in Pakistan never stand up for themselves. The best tribute to Malala is liberating our women from injustices practiced in the name of religion tradition and fake national honour

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  • jugno
    Oct 17, 2012 - 10:34AM

    @Faizan Javed:
    Because we spend all our energies and funds building madarassa, mosques, buying arms and presidential palaces

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  • tmg
    Oct 19, 2012 - 9:00PM

    God bless her and her family

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 10:24PM

    I favor take a look at like a what you are, yet somehow like a what individual I am when I feel away with you.Recommend

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