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.

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  1. krm1007 ©™

    Malala is a symbol of freedom, bravery, outspokeness and beacon of light for all girls/women in this world. Singulalry, she stood up to terror and showed a reasoned mind seldom seen at her age. She appears to be a product of a progressive society in Pakistan and reflective of the tolerant values that Islam stands for. We wish you and your family a very Happy Eid, Malala, and of course to all muslims around the world. Enjoy !!!!

    October 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hemyola

    Why is the mother not mentioned? She was there too.

    October 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • m&m

      Showing women's face is against Islam in Pakistan - a mere mention of her and she would be shot!! That is why there is not even a mention of her mother.

      October 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • tetesagehen

      @m&m – that's blatant nonsense. Ever heard of Benazir Bhutto? She was the Prime Minister of Pakistan. That's right – a woman Prime Minister. In Pakistan. And yes, they showed her face on television. Also, Malala is a woman and she's showing her face.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • tetesagehen

      @hemyola – from what I've read, it sounds like Malala's mom is a shy person and doesn't really like to be photographed. It's a personality trait that a lot of people in the US share, so nothing shocking there.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • wakeup333

      tetesagehen – Benazir Bhutto and governor Salman Taseer were both MURDERED for trying to reform Islam. Taseer was shot 27 times because he opposed Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which kill people who criticize Muhammad or Islam. His assassin was showered with rose petals and hailed as a hero by clerics. Bhutto was killed because she was a secular liberal who stood for education and equality of women. Liberals are a tiny minority in Pakistan. Madrassas (Islamic schools) are Taliban factories that breed robot killers who shoot little girls and blow up schools. Same terror wherever Islam spreads: Somalia, Mali, Nigeria, Muslim Brotherhood Egypt.

      October 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shamoononon

    Her father is a symbol too. A symbol of what real men are in Pakistan.

    October 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maverick

      I agree! Her father is an example of how things should be.
      The animals that did this to her, (and any that support them) need to be eradicated from her country.
      Let's hope the Taliban in Pakistan get the follow-up treatment they have promised Malala.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rational Being

    I wonder how those grown men with guns ,who ganged up on this unarmed 15 girl , live with themselves. Those grown men truly have redefined cowardice on a whole new level. I wonder how ,in their profoundly twisted view , they think the world would magically support their cowardly violent act! Those grow men , have truly demonstrated that not only are they cowards, but they are unequivocally out of touch with any known human moral reality! I guess
    the lord has spoken , and did not wish her harmed...

    October 28, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. zahoor shah

    May Allah sbt give her full and fast recovery Ameen and open our eyes.

    October 28, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. npmdesign

    I hope that Malala and her family find refuge in the West (in protected seclusion) so that she may continue her fight for education for women in her country. The entire world watched the Taliban shoot a child with a book in her hands = outrage.

    October 28, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. mani

    Yes god listened to my prayer. as i asked god to take my life and give her a new life. Now i m happy she is well.I m father of three daughter but i am ready for my sacrifice as she is more important to this cruel world..

    October 28, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Grace

    Blessings to Malala and her family who surround her with love.

    October 28, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. sali

    who says that prayers don't work. she has whole Pakistan and huge international prayers with her. She has again defied all odds.

    October 28, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. hgcvk,nn

    may Allah give her the courage to persuade girls for Islamic and other education she needs to be good Muslim first

    October 28, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. stefan oertle

    I wish her a long and healthy life

    October 28, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. stefan oertle

    Oh yes – she might be Pakistan´s President in a couple of years ... She is a miracle that country and the whole region really deserves! She is a true angel!

    October 28, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Parmenas Mall

    May God heal her soon Regards

    October 28, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jasie

    when you call for help, remember obama might tell the responders to stand down.

    October 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ken

    now i guess she will come to the united states and steal my accounting job

    October 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
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