Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, targeted by the Taliban, released from UK hospital

By Daniel S Levine,

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was targeted by the Taliban because of her blog advocating for women’s education, was released from a U.K. hospital after being transferred there from Pakistan in October.

Malala was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to receive treatment for her wounds after being shot in the head and neck on a bus on her way to school. According to The BBC, she was just discharged from the hospital Thursday and will continue rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home.

USA Today notes that she will be back at the hospital later this month or early next month for reconstructive skull surgery.

“Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery,” the hospital’s director general, Dave Rosser, said. “Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers.”

“Good news that Malala is well enough to leave hospital. We wish her well as her recovery continues with her family,” former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown tweeted.

Malala was shot in early October when she was 14 by the Taliban, which claimed she was promoting “Western thinking.” Even before her shooting gained worldwide attention, Malala was known around the world, writing a blog for BBC Urdu when she was just 11. She received a national peace prize in 2011. She was also on the shortlist for Time’s person of the year for 2012.

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