October 16th, 2012
06:34 AM ET

Well-wishers stopped at hospital treating Pakistani anti-Taliban girl

Police said Tuesday that "two well-wishers" were stopped overnight as they sought to enter the English hospital where shot Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai is being treated.

The two were intercepted in a public area of the hospital, West Midlands Police said. Officers "recorded their details and advised the pair that they would not be allowed to see her," a statement said. No arrests were made.

Earlier, hospital director Dave Rosser said a "number of people" were arrested overnight trying to get into Malala's hospital room.

The people were claiming to be relatives, he said, adding that there was more than one incident at the Birmingham, England, hospital.

Rosser said the hospital and authorities were "very comfortable" with the security arrangements in place.

International experts are planning for the reconstructive surgery that 14-year-old Malala will need.

Malala appears to be "every bit as strong as we had been led to believe," Rosser said, adding that the consultant leading her care "is impressed by her resilience and her strength."

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  1. francois2012


    October 16, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. sachin khandelwal

    god bless the little one and we all wish her a speedy recovery and all the best to the team of doctors attending her

    October 16, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      So will this girl end up back in the same neighborhood if she fully recovers from this? What will happen then after all of the heroic efforts made to save her? I understand her fight to save the female race in her country but who's going to save her?

      October 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Our thoughts and prayers are for this brave girl. May she recover fully and have a wonderful life.
    I do hope her attackers and those who back them right up to the top Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan are apprehended and get what they deserve.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Stay strong Malala! The world is watching you!

    October 16, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Hopefully the fearless efforts of this young lady will open the way for the rest of the people to finally take a stand against the animals of the taliban. They stay fearful of these monsters even though hey outnumber them so greatly. It's time for them to say "no more" and let the taliban know this is not going to be tolerated any longer. The older folk seem to be the ones that are so fearfull. It's time to turn the reins over to the young who I am sure will set the new example.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cit

      Malala is an innocent girl who fell victim to the Taliban's senseless onslaught. Indeed killing innocent children is a heinous act, completely reprimandable and unacceptable.

      But, I wonder why the world seems to ignore the children killed by the US drone strikes? They all were children as well just like Malala. Why does the world ignore when the US killed tens of them in one strike? Why doesn't anyone say a word? Or why doesn't the media present this story? Why the bias?

      October 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Master_of_Sparks

      I agree. The young ones are the people that can fight them. As a 50 something old man I might not have much to contribute to the fight but, I would be there. It is easy for me to say (because I'm over here) but, non- the- less, I mean it !

      October 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Of course. We have morons posting here that try to tie children killed by US drone strikes with this disgusting murdering act. There is a very clear distinction between the two. Intent. If you believe that the US is actively trying to kill children, then you're sorely mistaken. Yes, children die during US strikes and it's a horrific outcome. War is ugly. But if you ask US military about those dead children, 10 times out of 10, they will express remorse/regret for killing innocents. Ask the Taliban and see what answer you get.

      October 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cit

      Well it's good that a moron like you brough up the topic of intent. As per your description, killing 10 children without the intention and then keep on doing it again and again is forgiveable and far less a crime compared to killing 1 with the intention.

      Don't know how can you even base your logic on this.

      Secondly, the idea is that the world voice their concern against killing of innocents. If Taliban kill one intently, and US kills 10, and again kills, and again kills, unintentionally, I don't see why people shouldn't call that equally bad.

      October 16, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. deipnosophist

    That is one of the many problems when we allow Muslims to come to the West. They come without the consent or approval of the resident population, hate us, plot against us, outbreed us and want us to conform to their values. We must stop Muslim immigration to Western countries. After all, borders were originally invented for a real reason.

    October 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Master_of_Sparks

      Yaaa... There ya go. You just hit the nail on the head. Borders were originally invented for a reason. I may not agree with 100% of what you said but you are correct sir about the borders. Or how about better screening so you can keep some of the known baddies out. It would be a start because right now we are being WAY to politically correct !

      October 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Master_of_Sparks

    I hope the security at the hospital is being extremely careful with the people in and around that site. The Taliban have made it very clear that they will get her if she survives. Punks all of them. I refuse to call them terrorists because now they have proven themselves to be cowards and sissies if all they have now is acts of inhumanity . Go Malala. We are all praying for you. The nice part is that we are all praying to each of our own Gods. So whomever is right in the end all that matters is that you make it...

    October 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    So waddup @ cnn, i gotta change my s/n with every post just for them to NOT be deleted? If the rules are changed you need to say so!

    October 17, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |