Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Girl Shot by Taliban Leaves Hospital

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Girl Shot by Taliban Leaves Hospital

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LONDON -- Three months after she was shot in the head for daring to say girls should be able to get an education, a 15-year-old Pakistani hugged her nurses and smiled as she walked out of a hospital in the British city of Birmingham.

Malala Yousafzai waved to a guard and smiled shyly as she cautiously strode down the hospital corridor talking to nurses in images released Friday by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, about 120 miles northwest of London.

"She is quite well and happy on returning home -- as we all are," Malala's father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, said in an interview.

Malala, who was released Thursday, will live with her parents and two brothers in Britain while she continues to receive treatment. She will be admitted again in the next month for another round of surgery to rebuild her skull. Experts have been optimistic that Malala, who was airlifted from Pakistan in October to receive specialized medical care, has a good chance of recovery because the brains of teenagers are still growing and can better adapt to trauma.

"Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery," said Dave Rosser, medical director for the Birmingham hospital.

The Taliban targeted Malala because of her relentless objection to the group's regressive interpretation of Islam that limits girls' access to education. She was shot Oct. 9 while returning home from school in Pakistan's scenic Swat Valley. Her case won worldwide recognition, and the teen became a symbol for the struggle for women's rights in Pakistan. In an indication of her reach, she made the shortlist for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2012.

The militants have threatened to target Malala again because they say she promotes "Western thinking," but a security assessment in Britain concluded that the risk was low in releasing her to her family. …

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