Brave Malala is released from hospital

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A PAKISTANI schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from hospital.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, was targeted for promoting women’s education rights in her home country and was later flown to the UK for specialist care.

British doctors have been delighted with her recovery, which will continue at her family’s temporary home in the West Midlands.

Malala left the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Thursday after doctors decided she was well enough to be treated as an outpatient.

She will visit the hospital regularly to attend clinical appointments and is due to return for cranial reconstructive surgery in the next few weeks.

Dave Rosser, medical director at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery.

“Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers.

“She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her onward care.”

Malala left hospital as it emerged that she was likely to secure permanent residence in the UK after her father was granted a job with the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham.

She had been on her way home from school in the north-western Swat district when gunmen stormed her school bus and shot her in the head and chest on October 9 last year.

Surgeons in Pakistan carried out a life-saving operation to remove a bullet which had entered below her left eye and grazed her brain.

She was then flown to the UK for specialist treatment on October 15, paid for by the Pakistani government.

President Asif Ali Zardari, who visited her last month, described her as a “remarkable girl and a credit to Pakistan”.