Malala Yousafzai, 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot a month ago, will soon undergo reconstructive surgery in the UK, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE has told Khaleej Times.
Jamil Ahmad Khan said the surgery could be done “within weeks”.
“Doctors just want to make sure her brain tissue has healed enough and is ready to accept a patch.”
He also said that she was walking, talking and even reading at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was flown by air ambulance provided by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, after being shot at close range by Pakistani Taliban in the northern city of Mingora.
Malala, who the Taliban said was punished for studying, barely survived the attack with the bullet travelling through her head, neck and then lodging in her shoulder.
Ambassador Khan said he had spoken at length to Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai and the Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Kingdom.
“With good wishes from all of the nation and world, Malala will bounce back with the same resolve.”
Khan said Malala’s father Zia had resolved to take his daughter back to school.