Editor's note: Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan was shot in the head by the Taliban on October 9 for demanding education for girls. She is receiving treatment at a hospital in England. Following are the latest developments in Malala's recovery.
[Updated 8:08 a.m. ET] Malala Yousufzai’s lead doctor, Dave Rosser, does not believe she has significant brain damage.
[Updated 6:42 a.m. ET] The father of Malala Yousufzai spoke of his joy Friday on being reunited with his daughter for the first time since she was flown to Britain for treatment.
"In the condition when I saw my daughter ... we were hopeful but we did not expect ... that she can talk, that she can see," Ziauddin Yousufzai said.
"I love her and this morning, last night when we met her, there were tears in our eyes and they were out of happiness, out of happiness," he said.
He described his daughter's recovery as a "miracle for us" and became emotional as he told how the family at one point had started to think about making funeral arrangements for her.
He also spoke of how Malala had become an education rights activist at an early age – and in so doing had become an international symbol of courage.
She is not just my daughter, she is the daughter of everyone, she is the sister of everyone, he said, speaking a day after he, his wife and two sons arrived in Birmingham, England, to visit Malala.
[Posted 4:05 a.m. ET] The parents and two brothers of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai have visited her for the first time in the British hospital where she's being treated, a hospital spokesman said Friday.
Her family visited Thursday evening, hours after they arrived in Birmingham from Pakistan.
Malala has been receiving treatment after the Taliban shot her in the head for her efforts to promote education for girls.
Malala please do not go back. You can study online. You do not need to take your finals on campus. If you want I will teach you. I am a teacher. Prophet of islam did not recommend to offer your life to sawages. Protect your self. Live. Heal. Write from your hospital bed. You are next generation womens leader already. Lead from oversease. Love u baby
I'm a mother whose son has died and whose neice has been murdered. I do not want you to go back in danger.
Malala, I have lost a son and a daughter. My daughter was killed. I do not want to see you go in the face of danger. Your parents should protect you and help you survive. You can study from your bed. Do not go back. Remember they killed BaiNazir Bhutto who was a chairman of such a big political party. You are so young.
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