Malala Yousafzai: Shot Pakistan girl makes 'steady progress'

Malala Yousafzai. Picture from QE Malala has received hundreds of messages of support

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A schoolgirl who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman is making "steady progress" after a week at a Birmingham hospital, say medics.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, who is widely known as a campaigner for girls' education in Pakistan, is being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QE).

The teenager was shot by the Taliban in the Swat Valley on 9 October.

Doctors said the bullet grazed the teenager's brain when it struck her just above her left eye.

The Pakistani Taliban said it had shot the schoolgirl for "promoting secularism".

The QE has received more than 4,000 messages of support for Malala.

A hospital statement said: "Malala continues to make steady progress and is in a stable condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

"She has now been in the hospital for one week, under the care of a specialist team from both the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children's hospitals."

Dr Dave Rosser, medical director of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), has said Malala will need a significant period of recuperation before undergoing surgery.

Part of her skull will need to be reconstructed either by reinserting the bone that was removed or with a titanium plate.

He told a media briefing last week she had been able to stand up and to communicate by writing notes.

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