October 15th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Pakistani teen shot by Taliban lands in UK for treatment

Malala Yousufzai will soon be at a hospital to getting the specialized treatment she needs after being shot in the head at point-blank range by the Taliban.

A plane with the schoolgirl and her immediate family has just landed in the UK and they are now making their way by ambulance to a British facility specializing in care for children with severe injuries.

The focus is now on Malala getting that very specific care she needs.

Malala is expected to be in hospital "weeks if not months," according David Rosser, executive medical director of Birmingham University Hospitals, where the teen will  get care.

We first learned about the young activist's story, which has captured the attention of people the world over, after she was targeted because of her efforts to defend the right of girls to go to school where she lives, the Taliban-heavy Swat Valley.

We'll make sure to let you know any updates on her condition. For now, you can read a bit about why Yousufzai's story has struck such a chord with us and our readers.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. saywhat

    I stand up and salute this brave little Pakistani girl. My heart goes out to her and her family and my prayers for her recovery.
    We are with you Pakistanis as your country suffers and you stand with Malala.
    Those dastardly thugs who shot her deserve to be hanged in public.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Why are my comments on moderation??

    October 15, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    I seriously pray she will be ok.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. EP

    What a great idea to announce to the worldwide media where this child was sent for treatment. Do they think there
    are no angry muslims in the UK, or that the fazlullah has no contacts there. What a bunch of idiots!

    October 15, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      There are probably a lot of angry Muslims in England as well as some angry Anglicans, Catholic, etc, all for different reasons. This girl was targeted by some fundamentalist Muslim tribe who don't believe in women attending western type schools. Muslims in Britain follow British laws.

      October 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sally

    Malala we hope and pray for your recovery you are a brave young woman.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Madibo

    I feel sorry for this girl ...BUT... What about the THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of people killed by the Taliban? Why isn't/ wasn't their story EVER told?

    October 15, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    As many are fond of saying on this and other blogs, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

    Do any of you "men" want to step up and defend your "freedom fighters" on this incident?

    Useful definitions:

    soldier – a person who fights other soldiers on a defined battlefield fairly within the established rules of warfare.

    guerilla – a person wearing a knock-off of a soldiers uniform, who sneaks up on soldiers, slitting their throats as they sleep.

    terrorist – a criminal who drops a grenade in a baby carriage and runs.

    freedom fighter – what a terrorist likes to call himself.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    The news are now that the henchmen of the Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah based in and operating from Afghanistan are responsible.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    These terrorists and they are no more than that are to be eliminated. Our mistake was not to take advantage of the anti Taliban sentiment in both Afghanistan and Pakistan in the early stages and get the general public on our side. We worked to the contrary. We started antagonizing the general public with our continued occupation and as civilian deaths mounted.
    Then when the Talibans offered twice to hand over Osama Bin Laden to the Bush admn and Bush rejected it out of hand, that was another serious mistake. Tens of thousands of lives could have been saved and this 'war' could have been wrapped up.

    October 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    The continued presence of foreign troops on their land in its 12th year, civilians being killed in drone attacks and other factors play to the advantage of these militants who then appear to the general public as 'freedom fighters' struggling to oust the foreign invaders. And that perception would deepen as the occupation is prolonged.

    October 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • GWB

      All the more reason, troops should remain, until every Taliban individual is eliminated from this earth.

      October 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Ya can't bring western"civilization" to a group of people who have been living under a feudal tribal system for centuries overnight. It took the 19th century white Americans almost 90 years to "civilize" the indigenous American Indian by methods no one is proud of today. These tribal people in Afghanistan will need generations to
      evolve into what we call civilized society today. The gun doesn't work.

      October 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I sincerely hope this brave girl recovers fully.
    What was done to her is an aberration, and she is to be commended for her forti tude.
    I hope the person(s) responsible will get exactly what they deserve.

    October 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lowo

    I wish Malala quick recovery.I cud not describ how l felt wen l saw her on screen;it's painful.I cud nt believ dt Malala cud surviv it.Peopl cud b so calous n gruesom;it's unfortunat.I quite comend d medical team n odas who swung into actn wen ds deleterious incident hapend.Idle hands,idle brain n idle mind ar inimical 2 global peace.Injustic is a seed,symptom of global war.Every wound of Malala is healed n her family joys ova her.

    October 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WhatsaUK?- a PASTRYof defeats

    And Nevada may be the state of the quickie wedding, but when it comes to lasting marriages, couples don't fare so well. Nevada had the highest percentage of divorce, at 14.7. Wyoming, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee were all over 13.5 percent.

    October 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Malala is courageous for standing up for human (& girls) rights, not for being shot in the process! That just makes the situation tragic! I wish her a speedy recovery & hope this just strengthens her resolve to bring education to girls in her region! There are thousands killed by the Taliban & other terrorist groups, but there are also thousands who, like Malala, try to stand up for peace, education & enlightenment! Some are killed for their efforts, but truth, justice & humany will prevail no matter how long it takes! History proves that you can't keep people down, once they've learned these concepts!!

    October 16, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Richard

    I find the interview Dr. David Rosser provided on CNN regarding Malala's condition at the hospital was one of the most compassionate and understanding I have witnessed. He repeatedly fielded questions that could certainly violate Malala's privacy/safety as he respectfully declined to comment on those even though reporters asked the same over and over again. He was never visibly upset at the reporters' insistence as he responded to all the questions he ethically could. His professionalism was beyond compare in this highly newsworthy though sensitive situation.

    October 16, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      My thoughts and prayers are with Malala and her family – please God she makes it. It sounds as if she's in the best possible place and receiving the best possible care.
      I'm not at all surprised at Dr Rosser's composure, compassion and sensitivity; I don't suppose for one minute he found any of it easy at all. I used to know him and am proud to have done so.

      October 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |