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. ken

    too bad she is coming to america to steal my accounting job

    October 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • buffalo_joe

      Ken– you're an id10t so you should be replaced by someone.

      October 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • nek

      She is too smart for your job. They will replace you with a slug.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • 'chele

      Ken, who would want your stinking job? She's probably far too smart to want it. She's probably far more capable a person than you are in every possible way. By the way, people do not come from other countries and "steal " jobs. Do you actually believe that they hide out in the parking garage, gun in hand, just waiting there to mug you and demand that you hand over your job? If somebody replaces you, it's most likely because you failed to do your job in some way; you were insubordinate or unreliable;or perhaps your boss doesn't like you; or the person replacing you happens to do your job better than you do. When you do lose your "job," I'm betting the reason will be because your boss doesn't like you. All I had to do was read your post to realize that I don't like you myself, and I've never even met you, a fact for which I am grateful. And yes, I'm American by birth, which I divulge because people like you are apt to assume that I only state these things because I have come to America to "take" somebody's job. You would be wrong about that, Kensie. and yes, you are apparently quite mental.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheese Wonton

      No Gnurlman, they'll bring in Bob from Accountemps.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • spydyee

      why would she come here? If she stays in the UK she has free medical care. No person in their right mind would choose to come here and pay stupid prices for the same healthcare they can get in the UK for free. Of course they do come but they have no idea that we have such lousy healthcare here until after they are here. Then we keep them too broke to move anywhere else.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mamamia

    Our world is divided between good and evil. Those who shot this truly brave young girl in the name of Allah — are pure evil, and coward too. Anybody who's fighting those evil coward psychopaths is on the side of good.

    October 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Merlin

    I wonder if her assailants have been checked for brain damage...

    October 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sly

      Hahah, good one.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Linnea Weilacher

    I lit a candle for her and prayed.... I am sure that I was not the only one to pray for this courageous girl. Look at the power the human race has when we come together as one for a righteous cause.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      You are so right! This is a miracle to be celebrated.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cooper

    This is wonderful news for Malala and her family.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jan-g

    where is her mother– the person she most wants to see?

    October 28, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • spydyee

      Her mother would be the woman in the picture who is wearing the brown Hijab in the picture silly. As a Muslim woman she very likely refused to have her picture taken by the media. You can see the back of her head in the corner of the photograph covered by her beige Hijab.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Yousif of USA

    The death to Taliban and everyone has an evil spirit around the world. My greetings and respect to Malala who is considered the brave person in the world. Malala, May The god bless and treat you.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eve

    Ken should be checked for brain damage.

    October 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • spydyee

      Wouldn't that require Ken to have a brain?

      October 29, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. mannie

    it's a shame, she's good now, but these people will find her and kill her because these people are not human.I hope she is safe and well. God bless her

    October 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SayAsIs

    There are enough Taliban like Muslims in Birmingham, UK. This girl is not safe.

    October 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Johan S

    The cynic in me thinks if she gets to that stage she'd probably be corrupt too. Or manipulated.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jimmy

    What a brave brave girl. Hope and pray she grows up to be a leader not just in her country, but for many people around the world..

    October 29, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. dell

    Talibans are not doing any good to Islam by shooting a young girl, rather they are making it look evil.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. zeyad bin saeid

    thousands of people killed every day nobody care , one girl wounded world cover story

    i respect you hate Talliban
    but i am sure you need to be more human

    October 29, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • spydyee

      Caring is not the issue here The issue is what can any single person do about the thousands that are killed every day when the people that are right there in those very countries don't have the strength to stand up to them. The reason this young girl is getting all the attention is because she did have the strength to stand up to them. The message here is that if you stand up against tyranny the world will stand with you but don't expect us to fight your battles for you. Malala is a strong young lady and she is an example to others. May Allah rain blessings from heaven on her and her family all the days of her life. She is in my prayers daily.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. GeorgeWAckbar

    And the Taliban did quake in fear, wetting themselves to a man, as Malala eyes opened. The Taliban, realizing their impending doom, released a desperate, pathetic, wishful edict, threatening to attempt to kill her again as Malala reached for a pen. She raised the pen high above the paper. The Taliban fell silent. Their lower lips tremblied. They could barely even breath. Then, Malala brought down her pen upon the paper, and with strokes of fury and justice and light, she wrote.

    The entire world will read whatever Malala writes next.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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