Doctor: No significant brain damage in Malala
Malala Yousufzai enjoys a visit Friday with her father, Ziauddin, and brothers Atal Khan and Khushal Khan in a British hospital.
October 26th, 2012
08:08 AM ET

Doctor: No significant brain damage in Malala

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.

soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. E.K.Espinoza

    Prayers to Malala!

    October 26, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    This is great news for a "natural leader" way beyond her years!

    October 26, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Johson Ps

    It is good to hear that she is recovering. This has to be a humiliating defeat for the stupid Taliban. Malala has to watch out. The two young boys (her brothers) can be influenced by a Mullah and might slaughter her when they get the chance in the name of religion.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • ker

      i highly doubt her own brothers are going to betray her. it's her own dad who gave her the taste of educational freedom, what makes you think he is not instilling that in his sons? these people are not mongrels. they give a damn about their families.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Sherlock

      You are confusing the culture in India with this. Is this what you are referring to?

      In some Haryana villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I am heartened to hear about her continued recovery, and that she will suffer from permanent brain damage.
    This is one brave young lady.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. krm1007 ©™

    Girl that we love.
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Thru the night with a light from above.
    From outspokeness to braveness
    To being tolerant and innocent
    GOD BLESS MALALA, our girl sweet girl
    GOD BLESS MALALA, a pearl of a girl

    October 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MSFreeThinker

      Seriously? LOL! Seriously?

      October 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      What kind of a stupid comment is that? Nothing intelligent that you can add? Seriously.

      October 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Message above is for @MSFreeThinker.I am looking for an intelligent comment from him (assumption). Happy Eid, Malala

      October 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenneth P

      It takes a civilization to produce an inspiration such as Malala."A CIVILIZATION" [ Repeat]

      October 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. That Guy

    "You had ONE job Akhmed. ONE JOB!"

    In all seriousness, these people should be hung by the balls and used for target shooting. There is no justification for this.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hello

    Glad she is going to be ok. She needs to ditch the mythic religious stuff and become an atheist.
    Then she can be a REAL leader... not a parrot of some mythic dark ages dogma garbage.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      After converting to atheism, she can spend all of her free time posting angry messages on–a true inspiration to all!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaMeglet

      Like you, Hello? And how have you bettered the world lately? Your prescription for life isn't a one-size-fits-all blanket to throw over everyone else. Get over yourself.

      October 27, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Dear Hello,

      People like you are the reason atheists have a bad reputation. You are an embarrassment to all of us. If you cannot be tolerant of other religions, how to expect to change the world? I guarantee you won't change the minds of anyone out there with bigotry, not that you should be trying to begin with. What effect do other peoples' beliefs have on your day-to-day life? Try acceptance for once.

      A Fellow Atheist

      October 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tnfreethinker

    It is women like this little lady that will change the Middle East.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dkf

    So proud of how this young lady stood up to the cowards that are the Taliban. You go girl!

    October 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wilder Napalm

    This child may someday lead Pakistan out of the dark ages................

    October 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DaMeglet

    Kickin butt Malala! You go girl!!

    October 27, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. muneeba munir

    we are with you mee from pakistan age just 13 and thinking for pakistan ..! and its future glory

    October 27, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Guest

    Up Yours Taliban!
    I hope Great Britain offers that family asylum to keep her safe.
    May she have the best revenge of all...Living a long, long, healthy life with great happiness!

    October 27, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. ToxicPineapple

    Yay! This is awesome news! Way to go Malala!

    October 27, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    That's awesome she looks great without the mustache. What u all think?

    October 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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