Speaking clearly in English, she said: “It’s just because of the prayers of people. Because all people — men, women, children — all of them have prayed for me.
“And because of all these prayers God has given me this new life — a second life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organised the Malala Fund.” In an attack that drew worldwide condemnation, a Taliban gunman shot Malala at point-blank range as her school bus travelled through Swat Valley on October 9.
Surgeons in Pakistan saved her life with an initial operation to relieve the pressure on her brain before she was flown to Britain to be treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England.
Doctors say the bullet grazed Malala’s brain and travelled through her head and neck before lodging in her left shoulder.
In the surgery this weekend, she had a titanium plate fitted to replace part of her skull and surgeons inserted an implant to help restore her hearing in her left ear.
The Malala Fund is a charity set up in late 2012 to promote education for girls. Malala first rose to prominence aged 11 with a blog for the BBC’s Urdu-language service charting her life under the Taliban.
Since her attempted murder, millions of people have signed petitions supporting her cause, while the United Nations declared a global ‘Malala Day’ last November.
A team of doctors carried out a five-hour operation on Saturday on Malala. The procedures carried out were cranial reconstruction, aimed at mending parts of her skull with a titanium plate, and a cochlear implant designed to restore hearing on her left side, which was damaged in the attack.
“Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital,” said a statement on Sunday from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The girl’s condition was described as stable and the statement said her medical team was very pleased with the progress she has made. “She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family,” it added.