Months Later, Malala Released From Hospital

Reconstructive surgery needed in coming weeks

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 4, 2013 3:29 AM CST

(Newser) – Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban, still needs reconstructive surgery on her skull in the coming weeks, but for now her doctors say she is healthy enough to be discharged and spend time with her family, reports Reuters. Malala left Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham yesterday, after successfully completing short-term leaves with her family at their temporary home in England.

"Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home," says the hospital's medical director. The bullet that struck Malala in October did not break her skull, but traveled from her left brow under the skin to her neck. "Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery," the director adds. (Click for more on Malala, who recently asked that her name be removed from a Pakistan college.)

This photo made available by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England shows Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged from the hospital to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the area, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. the teenage Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for...
This photo made available by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England shows Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged from the hospital to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary...   (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham)
This photo made available by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England shows Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged from the hospital to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the area, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. the teenage Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for...
This photo made available by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England shows Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged from the hospital to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary...   (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham)
Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged from the hospital today, to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the area.
Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged from the hospital today, to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the area.   (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham)
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