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Malala Yousafzai recovering after operations

Malala 3D surgery
The red line in this 3D image of the cranial reconstruction surgery planned for Malala shows the approximate journey of the bullet that shattered her skull
Malala 3D surgery
The bullet hit Malala's left brow and instead of penetrating her skull it travelled underneath the skin, the length of the side of her head and into her shoulder
Malala 3D surgery
The procedure includes repairing the missing area of skull with a titanium plate that has been moulded to accurately replicate Malala's skull
Malala 3D surgery
An electronic device that provides a sense of sound to people profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing will be fitted as the second part of the procedure

A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban has undergone surgery in Birmingham.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, was attacked in October after campaigning for girls' rights to education.

A bullet was removed from her head by surgeons in Pakistan, before she was flown to the UK for further treatment.

Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital said a titanium plate and cochlear implant were successfully attached in two operations on Saturday.

Presidential visit

A spokesperson said she was continuing to recover and was in a stable condition after the surgery, which lasted five hours.

Malala Yousafzai
Malala has been receiving treatment in Birmingham after she was shot by the Taliban last year

They said the medical team was "very pleased" with the progress Malala had made so far and that she was awake and talking to staff and members of her family.

The 15-year-old had been discharged as an inpatient from the hospital in January after undergoing weeks of specialist treatment.

The Queen Elizabeth is also home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, which has treated many of the injured servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan.

In December the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, visited her at the hospital.

Malala's family are currently living in the West Midlands.

Her father has been appointed education attache at the Consulate of Pakistan for the next three years.

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