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
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)

(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.)

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Jan 5, 2013 12:21 AM CST
It is good that the young girl is at home with her family instead in the hospital. To me it is good news.
Jan 4, 2013 11:00 PM CST
They shouldn't drop so many clues on where she is
Jan 4, 2013 12:09 PM CST
Pakistan is paying for her treatment in England and they have also named her father education attache in Birmingham for at least three years, so at least she'll be alive for that long. The Taliban has sworn to kill her and her father seems bound and determined to take the family back there as soon as he can. Hopefully the government can rid itself of the Taliban in three years, but I doubt. :(