Pakistani teen education activist Malala Yousufzai has been able to stand up and is "communicating freely," the director of the UK hospital where she is being treated said Friday. Malala can't talk because she has had a tracheotomy tube inserted, but she is writing coherently, hospital director Dave Rosser said.
The schoolgirl "is not out of the woods yet" but is doing very well, Rosser said.
There "is certainly physical damage to the brain" from the bullet that entered Malala's head but that she appears to be functioning well intellectually, he said.
Malala is being treated for signs of infection from her gunshot injuries, he said. The 15-year-old has been able to listen to her father on the phone although she cannot speak, he added.
Malala was shot in the head and shoulder 10 days ago after she dared to speak out against the Taliban.