Shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala discharged from UK hospital

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    Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai.

    • Malala Yousufzai has been discharged from hospital in Birmingham, England
    • She will continue to receive treatment as an outpatient, the hospital says 
    • The 15-year-old will likely undergo cranial reconstructive surgery in the next month 
    •  She was shot by Taliban gunmen for her efforts to promote education for girls 

    LONDON (CNN) -- Nearly three months after she was rushed to Britain for life-saving treatment for gunshot injuries, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai has recovered enough strength to be discharged, the hospital said Thursday.

    Malala, who was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on October 15, left the medical facility Wednesday to continue her convalescence at her family's temporary home in England's West Midlands region.

    The 15-year-old gained international fame after she was shot by Taliban gunmen last fall for her crusade about girls going to school.

    She had blogged fearlessly about girls' education and accused the Taliban of thriving on ignorance. The Taliban forbid girls in the classroom and have threatened to kill anyone who defies them.

    The attack prompted outrage and wide outpourings of support, both in Pakistan and overseas.

    Malala will continue to receive outpatient care at the hospital, its statement said, and is expected to undergo cranial reconstructive surgery in the next month.

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

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


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