|Malala Yousafzai - AP photo|
You may recall that I'd mentioned Malala on post #8 of The Girl Effect, and I would like to share the new promising news about her.
While I was over at Jezebel, I saw a promising video update that Malala was released from the Birmingham, UK hospital today.
She began her advocacy at the age of 11, when the BBC's Urdu-language service published her blog, "Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl." She was also featured in a documentary by Adam Ellick.
Discovery News: Malala Yousafzai Leaves Hospital
The family of the 15-year-old Pakistani girl being treated in Britain after being shot in the head by the Taliban will be able to stay in the country for up to five years after her father was appointed to a diplomatic post at Pakistan's consulate in Birmingham.
Her father Ziauddin, who called Malala "everybody's daughter" when he and his wife and two sons arrived in Britain, is to become education attache.
The Guardian UK: Malala Yousafzai's father appointed to diplomatic job at UK consulate
Malala is set to continue her treatment at her family’s temporary home in Birmingham before undergoing further cranial-reconstruction surgery in late January or early February, according to the hospital’s trust. Experts believe that it will be some time before the long-term effects can be understood. “It’s six months to a year before you get a sense of what the long-term damage is,” says Dr. Kritis Dasgupta, the medical director of the Brain Injury Program at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington. “Young people do much better, prognostically, for recovery.”
Time Magazine: The Road to Recovery: Malala Yousafzai Discharged from Hospital
The release was a promising turn for the teenage activist. Her shooting brought global condemnation of the Pakistani Taliban, whose fighters killed six female aid workers this week in the same region in northwestern Pakistan where Ms. Yousafzai was shot.
The New York Times: Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Is Discharged From British Hospital
Malala’s ordeal has inspired people around the world to take action on supporting girls’ education, and her survival has made her a hero to many.
Reuters reports that more than 250,000 people have signed a petition calling for her to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, while the United Nations released a plan named after the young woman to motivate girls around the world to enroll in school by the end of 2015. The UN also created a “Malala day” in November to support education for girls, reports the AFP. The Pakistani government even renamed her former school in her honor, reports the Telegraph.
The Christian Science Monitor: Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani teen shot by Taliban, is released from UK hospital (+video)
The discharge came a day after she was chosen for Ireland’s prestigious Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012 for her courage and determination to speak out in support of equal access to education for every child.
The Hindu: Malala discharged from British hospital
Dr 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 Yousufzai discharged from QEHB