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Malala Not Out of the Woods Yet: British Doctors
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Doctors attending on Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani teenager shot by Taliban for her girls' education campaign, are "impressed with her strength and resilience" but underlined that she is "not out of the woods yet".

Dr David Rosser, the medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Malala is being treated said she was making good progress, but has a long way to go.

The teenager schoolgirl was shot last Tuesday in the head by a Taliban gunman for her campaign supporting girls' education.

Malala was flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in an air ambulance from Pakistan last evening for treatment.

Dr Rosser said the team of specialists working with her have been pleased with the teenager's progress.

"There is a long way to go and she is not out of the woods yet... But at this stage we're optimistic that things are going in the right direction," he said.

Once Malala recovers sufficiently, it is thought she will need neurological help as well as treatment to repair or replace damaged bones in her skull.

The teenager was shot in a bus in front of her friends in what Foreign Secretary William Hague described as a "barbaric attack".

Malala was only 11 when she started documenting how difficult it was to get an education: "I dreamt of a country where education would prevail," she wrote.

Malala and her two schoolmates were shot by the Taliban in her hometown of Mingora in the Swat Valley last Tuesday.

Her anonymous blog, first published by BBC Urdu, documented Taliban atrocities committed in Pakistan's Swat Valley and saw the schoolgirl receive international praise.

She was awarded the country's first peace award by Pakistan's prime minister in 2011. Her bravery has been hailed by activists and politicians alike.

Meanwhile, a number of multi-specialist doctors have assessed Malala's condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where according to authorities she spent a "comfortable night".

"Malala was assessed by a number of the Trust's multi-specialist doctors working alongside colleagues from Birmingham Children's Hospital," the hospital said in a statement.

The medical team that visited her included clinicians from Neurosurgery, Imaging, Trauma and Therapies.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has a dedicated major Trauma Centre and it is there where every British soldier severely injured overseas is treated.

Doctors at the hospital are among the world's best at treating major head injuries, severe knife or gunshot wounds and spinal injuries.

Meanwhile, the British police today questioned two persons who had turned up to see Malala.

The West Midlands Police said two persons were stopped and questioned before being turned away from the hospital overnight.
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