5 Jan 2013

Teen shot by Taliban leaves British hospital

7:00 am on 5 January 2013

A Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has been discharged from hospital in Britain.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, was being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being transferred following the attack last year and will continue rehabilitation at her family's temporary home in the West Midlands.

The Taliban said it shot Malala, a campaigner for girls' education, for "promoting secularism". The shooting, in a school bus, sparked domestic and international outrage, the BBC reports.

The girl was returning home from school in the north-western Swat district on 9 October when gunmen stopped her vehicle and shot her in the head and the chest.

She received immediate treatment in Pakistan where surgeons removed a bullet which entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, grazing her brain.

Malala was then flown to Britain and was admitted to the hospital on 15 October to receive specialist treatment.

Over the past few weeks, she has been leaving the hospital on home visits to spend time with her father Ziauddin, mother Toorpekai and younger brothers, Khushal and Atul.

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said doctors believe she will continue to make good progress outside the hospital. She is due to undergo cranial reconstruction surgery in late January or early February.

Since the shooting, Malala and her father have had threats made against their lives by the Taliban.

Malala came to prominence when, as an 11-year-old, she wrote a diary for BBC Urdu, giving an account of how her school in Mingora town dealt with the Taliban's 2009 edict to close girls' schools.

Her love for education, and her courage in standing up to the Taliban made her an icon of bravery and earned her a national peace award in 2011.