Malala out of coma, back on her feet: UK hospital

Published: October 19, 2012
Malala Yousufzai is seen recuperating at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in this handout photograph released October 19, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

Malala Yousufzai is seen recuperating at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in this handout photograph released October 19, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

BIRMINGHAM: Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has been able to stand with help for the first time, doctors treating her at a British hospital said Friday.

She is also communicating by writing notes, said Doctor Dave Rosser, the medical director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, where the teenager was taken to from Pakistan on Monday.

Rosser said she was now able to write and appeared to have memory recall despite her brain injuries.

“It’s clear that she’s not out of the woods yet,” Rosser told reporters, saying she had sustained a “very, very grave injury”. But he said she was “doing very well”.

“In fact she was standing with some help for the first time this morning. She’s communicating very freely, writing,” he said.

Rosser said, however, that the teenager was not able to speak because she had undergone a tracheotomy so she could breathe through a tube in her neck, an operation that was performed because her airways had been swollen by the bullet.

Malala was shot on a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of the Swat valley last week as a punishment for campaigning for the right of girls to an education, in an attack which outraged the world.

“Malala Yousufzai’s condition this morning is comfortable and stable,” the hospital said in a statement.

“Malala’s family remain in Pakistan at this time,” it added.

ITV television reported that the hospital was trying to arrange for her to listen to her father on the telephone, though she is currently unable to talk.

“We know there was some damage to the brain, certainly no physical, no deficit in terms of function,” it quoted a spokesman as saying.

A hospital spokeswoman told AFP Malala was 15, not 14 as previously stated.

The 15-year-old child activist was injured when she was shot in the head by Taliban and is currently under treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Doctors had earlier said that Malala’s condition was stable and she was comfortable.

A team of doctors from both Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children’s Hospital are looking after her.

People the world over prayed for Malala’s recovery.

American actor and former UN goodwill ambassador for refugees Angelina Jolie urged the Nobel Peace Prize awarding committee to give “serious consideration” to “brave” Malala.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik had also announced that the Sitara-e-Shujaat will be awarded to Malala.

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  • Fauzia
    Oct 19, 2012 - 3:56PM

    Mubarak to the nation and to her well wishers all over the world. Humanity wins!!


  • aftab
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:00PM

    Great News of relieve. Hope she would be fully recovered from the specialized care being given to her by UK doctors. Pakistanis must thanks both first Pakistanis and UK doctors as well as Army for taking care of her and providing initial treatment in Pakistan.

    Get Well Soon Malala !! God Bless You


  • Rana
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:02PM

    We love you innocent Child, get well soon!!!


  • Jenai dau
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Iam very relieved to hear this news.


  • Selina
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:09PM

    May Malala live long and well and may her life be the slap in the face of the Taliban and thier supporters.


  • Mandeep Vaid
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:14PM

    Great news of the year…….we love you Malala, you have defeated the devils, may the truth prevail!


  • Talha
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Hey kid! get well soon!


  • Mr Sunny Loni
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:20PM

    Great news indeed and many thanks to the UK. NHS is a world class organization but some people don’t understand the value it provides to the society. Also, it was a good step to send Malala for treatment abroad.


  • Naya Kardar
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Get well soon! we are waiting for peace and symbol of peace to be arrived soon here to our country again.Recommend

  • Prole
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:24PM

    Great News! Now let’s forget about the context in which this happened and bomb Waziristan to the stone age :DRecommend

  • manzoor
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:27PM

    Allah bless and give her healthy an long life so that she carry out her work more actively.


  • Ali
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Thanks UAE govt. for bearing cost of treatment…………..Recommend

  • san
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Great news after such long time and extremely happy. Get well soon angel.


  • Ayub Parvaiz Of Agra , India
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:32PM

    Today We Are Very Happy To Learn About The Condition Of Brave Malala . It Is A Great News That She Come Out Coma . Our Prayers Are For You Malala For Your Early And Speedy Recovery .

  • Saladin
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Get well soon lil kid! Don’t ever come back and live there, this nation doesn’t deserve you.


  • Bloom
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:36PM

    Hi Malala, God bless you and may your enemies fall soon


  • G. Din
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:36PM

    Thanks for not wilting, Rose Petal!
    Time to gird up for the Great Future that awaits you, Malala!
    Does this signify a beginning of a turn-around for Pakistan? Recommend

  • Malang
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:36PM

    All our prayers with you Malala, we are all so happy with this news. Get well our sweet malala.


  • Oct 19, 2012 - 4:39PM


  • bob
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:39PM

    A true hero and an inspiration to people around the world. It’s gratifying to see Pakistanis standing up for their rights against the hatred of religious fanatics. That also takes courage.


  • Aarvey,india
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:42PM

    God bless you Malala and be with you all times.


  • Common Man
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:47PM

    Great news !
    Call him Allah or Jesus or Ishwar or Buddha or what ever one wants….. Innocent Malala has been saved by the prayers of millions all over the world….
    Really fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • mashaal
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Pukhtoon blood well done.Recommend

    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Alhamdo lillah


  • harkol
    Oct 19, 2012 - 4:58PM

    Dear Malala – Welcome back to the cruel world. A lot has happened since you went to sleep. You are an icon to so many folks – children from countries you may not even know.

    Can’t wait for you to appear on TV and look down at the animals who shot you. They’ll squirm to know most of the muslim world support you and consider you a hero – not them.

    I can’t recall any other occasion when non-muslims around the world showed so much interest and concern about an ordinary citizen of a Muslim nation. You are truly extraordinary.

    May you live long, healthy and purposeful life.


  • Oct 19, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Great and happy news for her parents, well wishers and the people who want tolerance and moderation in our society.


  • huzaifa
    Oct 19, 2012 - 5:07PM

    It seemed like eternity, Down with Taliban an up with Malala.


  • David
    Oct 19, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Ohh god… Dats a gud news…Get well soon sweetheart… You are needed here as there are very less sane people remaining in this part of the subcontinent.


  • Jat
    Oct 19, 2012 - 5:10PM

    A welcome miracle indeed, just shows God is on the side of Malala and not the barbaric Taliban.


  • wonderer
    Oct 19, 2012 - 5:14PM

    Congratulations to all Pakistanis and Malala’s family.


  • wonderer
    Oct 19, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Long Live, Malala.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Oct 19, 2012 - 5:28PM


    Absolutely correct…initial medical response was the key factor, beside, the post operative treatment at AFIC played key role in her recovery….may Allah swt give her & many like her shifa…Aameen.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 19, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Great news. Insha-Allah she will recover soon and start the struggle once again against Pakistan’s enemies and their supporters.


  • Pakistani
    Oct 19, 2012 - 6:11PM

    We condemn Attack on children both by USA(Drones) and talibans


  • fayaz
    Oct 19, 2012 - 6:30PM

    amazing fast recovery; bullet to the temple and survives.. well well the pak army had better ask her what the secret is..


  • wonderer
    Oct 19, 2012 - 6:36PM


    “….We condemn Attack on children both by USA(Drones) and talibans..”

    Time for that is long gone. This is the monment to rejoice on Malala’s victory over evil. Join in.


  • azam ali
    Oct 19, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Long Live Malala we Always Pray For uRecommend

  • Oct 19, 2012 - 7:01PM

    We are very pleased, with the Progress, that the Young School-Girl is making, and we Admire, Her Courage, to stand Tall, and announce to the World, Freedom of expression etc.. Thanks also to the medical staff at Queen Elizabeth Medical center in Birmingham for their wonderful care , also to the Country in the Middle East, who providet the Ambulance-Jet, to bring- Malala to the UK.. Faith, HEALTH, Peace,, Have a Blessed Day..


  • A Pakistani
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:06PM

    It is a good news and let us all condemn TTP for their on an child. But while doing so let us not forget the hundreds of nameless children who have been killed and wounded by American Drones and Pakistan Army Operations in tribal areas.


  • Bilal
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:22PM

    Mala, Get well soon and come back to your nation, we need you in pakistan, I will for sure come pakistan same day with flag of your name in my hand and flying it high


  • karma
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Here is the shameful aspect – Leave alone standing up to her assailants & ideology that permits such attacks, Pakistan leaders (and govt.) haven’t even stepped up to pay the bills of her travel & treatment in UK! Apparently UAE is paying for it.

    What happened to tall words of IK and Zardari about personally bearing expenses of this little young lady?

    And also – Is there a way for me to contribute for the expenses her family would have in travelling and staying in UK?


  • rashid khan
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Congrats Malala…..we all prayed for you as we do everyday for our own kids. Perhaps this EID would be a different one as we would celebrate it with a brave girl of a brave nation….
    May you live longer and your bravery for the millions to see and adopt….Recommend

  • karma
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:28PM

    @A Pakistani:

    You are absolutely right!

    We need to condemn the extremism & flawed policies that have brought upon a western power in to the region and have led to drone attacks. Let us hope the Pakistan leadership musters courage to make stringent laws prohibiting extremist ideologies within Pakistan – thus making US drone attacks entirely unnecessary and indefensible.


  • Ali
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Allah O Akbar!


    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Whoever attacked Malala are a bunch of chauvinistic men who are enclosed in an alien cocoon, which does not recognize women and Knowledge for All genders. Our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) himself urged all muslims, both men and women to seek for both Islamic and worldly knowledge!
    Islam means Peace that is why I strongly condemn this stupid act of trying to Kill Malala and I believe Allah will protect her through her course. I, together with my facebook group (MUSLIMS AGAINST BLOODSHED) will support you in this mission to the end. Your courage is an envy to people like me and Allah will reward you abundantly. We love you Malala and we wish you a quick recovery! Allah bless.


    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:38PM

    We love you and we wish you a quick recovery.


  • Aviator
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Thank God! Great news!


  • Pragmatist
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:55PM

    As an Indian, I thank the good Lord above for saving Malala. She is not only a beacon of hope for girls in Pakistan but for the entire region. I am so happy to hear this news. It really made my day. May God give her a long life full of good health and cheer ! Keep fighting, Malala !! We are all with you !!!


  • Afridi
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:59PM

    brave malala get well soon and slap all those who didnt even condemn the people who carried out the attack on you. pray for your speedy recovery and start again fighting for girls education


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 19, 2012 - 7:59PM

    “We condemn Attack on children both by USA(Drones) and talibans”

    Agreed, all children are precious and innocent. Therefore not only we condemn their death we also demand USA to take as much care as possible or completely avoid drone attacks if children are present nearby terrorists. Although terrorists don’t care much but we request them too to hide at the places where there are no children around.


  • rafaqat ullah khan bangash
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:11PM


  • Usman
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:17PM

    This shows that even God himself detests Taliban. Victory for humanity, defeat for savage animals.


  • Oct 19, 2012 - 8:18PM

    Dear Malala. You are such a brave girl and survive from terrific injury that is such remarkable.


  • muhammed ijaz
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:20PM

    malala dont wory v preying for u not only we but the whole world is preying for ur health


  • bangash
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:24PM

    May Allah(SWT) restore her to full physical and mental health. May Allah(SWT) punish her attackers.


  • mahrukh
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:25PM

    malala may u live long life … hats offf to u u are the daughter of pakistan may u live long life


  • dr J tipu
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:26PM

    Great news and so proud of Malala and NHS where I proudly work……………………..Malala, you have made us all aware of how much we actually dislike the pathetic taleban and their apologists in religious disguise…………..


  • gp65
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:28PM

    Relieved to hear this. I hope the country figures out a way to keep her (and others like her) safe upon her return. Happy for Malala, happy for Pakistanis and happy for women’s education.


  • Tausif
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:28PM

    For the rest of my life I will remember you in each of my prayers. May Allah bless you with whatever you want.

    Your Bangladeshi well-wisher, Tausif!!!Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:30PM

    Such good news. Why didn’t they fly out Malala’s parents with her? Kinda strange.


  • danisha
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:31PM

    what has happent to the other 2 girls?. a western newspaper wrote asked the same.


  • Asif
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:34PM

    All the best Malala. May you live long and healthy life


  • Lyari
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:37PM

    Hey little angel get well soon……Pakistan is awaiting for you!!!


  • humaira kanwal
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:38PM

    love U Malalai ,God bless you .here we are awaiting for your return .you are the ray of hope in dark night …………….live long


  • Edha
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Congratulations! you are a Sign of HOPE for the Nation. I and my Family is Praying for you. Salute your Courage!Recommend

  • Makda Asmelash
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:43PM

    Thank God. I was praying for her since the first time I heard of the terrible new. I’m from Ethiopia and just want to say Malala is an inspiration to all the girls in the world. I know she is an inspiration to me. hope u get better soon…. I respect u Malala <3Recommend

  • Afzal
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:53PM

    We all love you Malala. Please get well soon. Thanks to Almighty Allah. Thanks to Pakistani and British Doctors.


  • Afzal
    Oct 19, 2012 - 8:59PM

    Great news. we love Malala (the pride of Malakand). Get well soon my ChildRecommend

  • AIN
    Oct 19, 2012 - 9:10PM

    God Bless You!!


  • Enlightened
    Oct 19, 2012 - 9:17PM

    Malala’s recovery is not only good news for Pakistan but for the entire world who are dumb- founded for her just stand at such a tender age against the world’s most dreaded terrorist outfit. The manner in which she survived after having been shot in the head point blank is a clear indication of Allah’s special blessings on her and that may prove to be a turning point for Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.


  • mahakaalchakra
    Oct 19, 2012 - 9:22PM

    Glad you are recovering slowly but surely.

    Malala, please stay in the West so that you are safe.

    You can conitue your movement for child education for Muslims in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan much BETTER if you stay out of Pakistan until all types of Talibans (uneducated and educated both) are neutralized in AFPAK area.

    Good luck in your endeavor.

    I have a feeling that you will be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize next year and declared UN ambassoder for peace soon. You are a gem for the humanity.


  • Claire Allison
    Oct 19, 2012 - 9:24PM

    Stay strong and courageous Malala. You have the admiration of women and girls around the world. I am grateful to your doctors and all the efforts being made to help you recover and that includes your own brave effort.


  • ajit
    Oct 19, 2012 - 9:47PM

    We have been praying for your complete healing. As you get healed, tell the one who shot you and also his collaborators by writing in BBC blog that they were able to see the world because of their mothers (also fathers). What will they answer to their mothers when they will see each other in another world?


  • Surya
    Oct 19, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Just saw her video in the NYT was a simple but ambitious girl who said she wanted to study well and become a doctor.. I almost cried looking at her innocent face..God (in whatever name you are), please save her and bring her back to normal life..more girls need her as their inspiration..Recommend

  • Oct 19, 2012 - 10:08PM

    malal ypusuf zai inshALLAH u will get quick recovery anf our country peoples love u and all student with u so congratulation out coming from coma


  • karma
    Oct 19, 2012 - 10:20PM

    Ok, I managed to make a small donation for Malala’s support fund at her hospital. One can visit and go to donate form, and select to donate for Malala.

    Still can’t figure how her family is coping. They are equally brave & wise to have brought up Malala the way they have. Hope they will get the economic support needed to get through this crisis.

    Most importantly – I earnestly hope Pakistanis will force their leaders to change their thinking and make ground breaking change in their approach to extremism & terrorism. Otherwise there will be many more Malalas – Thru Taliban Bullet or thru US drones.


  • Sanam Munir
    Oct 19, 2012 - 10:21PM

    She may not be out of woods yet,but she is still here,among us,for ur,thats important.Allah never Lets true prayers go in vain,Malala dear,Congrats for thus new life.Never once in my life i thought how lucky i am ,that i never faced Any difficulty in getting education,but you taught me how lucky i am….May you live hundered more years.


  • Oct 19, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Hey MALALA,welcome back Angel…..May ALLAH bless you and get well soon…..our prayers are with you always INSHALLAH…..atlast,HUMANITY wins and that’s just b’coz of you and your good thoughts…..INSHALLAH ALLAH will get you better soon… made the whole Pakistan awake with your great thoughts and INSHALLAH Pakistan will be better soon with your and our and with the help of ALLAH ALMIGHTY…..zamung dua’gane stasso sra di hamesha INSHALLAH……


  • ali
    Oct 19, 2012 - 10:24PM

    get well and best wishes from India.


  • mir ali
    Oct 19, 2012 - 10:27PM

    Any comments Mr.Coward Khan.?


  • sibghat ullah al kundi
    Oct 19, 2012 - 10:28PM

    It’s not matter to focus and give importance only to malala.we all are Pakistani so we shoult give importance to all those injured person not only at educational level but at to humanity i requas t to all Pakistani leaders don’t hurt any one….


  • Ali
    Oct 19, 2012 - 10:51PM

    What MALLALLA MALLALLA MALLALLA MALLALLA every where no one speaks out about thousands of innocent people killings in Waziristan, Karachi, Baltistan etc Why only Mallalla is point of focus of every MEdia & Especially Foreigners ????? Only Mallalla is a Human Being & rest of the people are nothing??? ??? i Know this short note wont be published but People & Media should ask these questions from themselves….. The sleeping Nation & again this Nation Needs Allama Iqbal… May GOD Bless US.


  • rkhsana
    Oct 19, 2012 - 10:53PM

    Thanks God and UK doctors . The whole world is praying for brave and innocent girl. We salute Mlala and Malala’s parents.


  • Shakil idris bhutta
    Oct 19, 2012 - 11:03PM

    Dear Malala

    My pray my family pray is with you you are like my daughter we all proud of your courage we all love you


  • Parvez
    Oct 19, 2012 - 11:23PM

    Watching this brave little girl simply re-enforces my trust and belief in God Almighty.


  • Justice for Malala
    Oct 19, 2012 - 11:37PM

    She is my daughter too and she will free Pakistan – MALALA FOREVER!


  • Nicole Tolton
    Oct 19, 2012 - 11:40PM

    This young woman should be an inspiration to all people. This child has done what many adults have been too frightened to do; she stood her ground and fought for what she believed in.
    I find it so sad that the high school drop out rate in America is so high….yet this girl was literally willing to die to receive an education…something that’s a right in America. American children don’t realize how good they have it.
    Malala deserves the best that life has to offer, and I hope she gets everything she wishes for!May the people who attacked her be brought to justice. I pray for a quick and easy recovery for her. She is a true hero.


  • Zahoor Ahmad
    Oct 20, 2012 - 12:10AM

    I am very pleased to hear this news. It feels like some of my family members recovered from such a serious condition..Recommend

  • Dr.Sanam Munir
    Oct 20, 2012 - 12:14AM

    For me Malala dear,you are my IRON LADY……in every way you are remarkable,when i saw you injured,i cried and today when i saw your picture from hospital,i cried again,but this time it was different because these were tears of joy.Thank you ALLAH,for giving us this ANGEL back in this HOLY month.THank YOU.


  • Jamyang
    Oct 20, 2012 - 12:51AM

    Your bravery is an inspiration, I thank you for your tireless effort in resurrecting education for woman in Pakistan. I am not a muslim, but I will pray to Buddha for your immediate recovery. Malala, you are not alone, the world love you. Get well soon.


  • Oct 20, 2012 - 1:06AM

    I wish her early recovery,zubair


  • Nash
    Oct 20, 2012 - 1:22AM

    Full of Lie

    Rosser told reporters, saying she had sustained a “very, very grave injury”

    its revealed that if someone is in coma due to gunshot head injury that comes in Traumatic brain injury (tbi) will not be able to recover so quickly as in this case the bullet has even reached the brain after hitting front skull and end- up in the shoulder, she was in coma for more than 7 days, and now she wake up and even able to walk, isn’t it quiet interesting………. even no neurosurgeon will be able to believe this miracle, even though i believe on miracle but this case opening the new medical history and i am quiet sure that malala will achieve award for both peace and medicine … and she will be a stimulator for neurosurgeon and new medical students


  • rashid
    Oct 20, 2012 - 2:06AM

    i am the happiest person right now and am sure that this the happiest moment of their lives of her well wishers go girl u are a brave girl go malalala i feel like dancing thankies GODRecommend

  • Oct 20, 2012 - 2:07AM

    Malala is a rare “Role Model” for millions of children around the world. People like her only comes along once in a life time. May God give her full recovery soon so that she can continue her mission for the education of all girls.Recommend

  • Tony
    Oct 20, 2012 - 3:05AM

    Now can u report on the children injured by drones?? So they can also moved to uk lol


  • Oct 20, 2012 - 10:02AM

    Allah bless and give her healthy an long life so that she carry out her work more actively.Recommend

  • LogicalThinker
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:21AM

    Can someone tell me how is it possible to get shot by a close range and have no wounds or whatsoever. I read that she received two bullets, one in throat and one in forehead, but in this picture, there is no swelling or wound mark in those areas.


  • Aslam Haathi
    Oct 22, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Where did her wound go? Didnt she get HIT on her TEMPLE? The forehead is as clean as the bottom of a haandi. WOW!


  • Ayesha
    Oct 22, 2012 - 6:00PM

    wow. this is no less than a miracle. God bless her.


  • Oct 25, 2012 - 1:18AM

    bt where is the spot of a bullet which is in her head….


  • irfanulhasankhan
    Nov 6, 2012 - 5:57PM

    you are a brave girl allah has given u new life because you will be leader of new generation in pakistan


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