Malala discharged from hospital

A Pakistani teenage girl who was shot last year has been discharged from a British hospital where she was being treated.

Malala Yousafzai was targeted by Taliban gunmen who shot her in the head for attending school.

The 15-year-old was awarded the The Tipperary Peace Convention prize on Wednesday for her work on women's rights in Pakistan.

Malala is to undergo major reconstructive surgery in a few weeks' time, and will stay with her family at a temporary home in Britain until then.

In a statement yesterday, Dr Dave Rosser, medical director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said Malala would undergo cranial reconstruction surgery in late January or early February as part of her long-term recovery.

Meanwhile, Malala is now likely to secure permanent residence in the UK after her father was granted a job with the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham.

Ziauddin Yousafzai has been appointed education attache for three years, with the option of an extension for a further two years afterwards.

Both he and his daughter have had threats made against their lives by the Taliban since the shooting.

Malala's British doctors have been delighted with her ongoing recovery.

When she was shot on October 9 last year, the bullet entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, "grazing" her brain - it was later removed by surgeons in Pakistan before she was flown to the UK.

Dr Rosser said: "Malala has continued to make great progress in her treatment.

"A number of QEHB's multi-specialist doctors have been working alongside colleagues from Birmingham Children's Hospital to treat her."

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