Malala Yousufzai, Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban, Completes 2 Surgeries In UK

LONDON — The British hospital treating a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban says she has undergone two successful operations and is making good progress in her recovery.

Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital says that 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai had skull reconstruction and a cochlear implant surgery to restore her hearing on Saturday. The two operations lasted a total of five hours, and doctors are said to be “very pleased” with her progress.

Malala was shot on Oct. 9 on the way home from school by Taliban angered at her objection to the group’s interpretation of Islam, which limits girls’ access to education.

The hospital said Sunday she was awake and talking to hospital and her family members.

Her story and her remarkable recovery have captured global attention.

Malala Yousufzai Surgeries

In this undated file photo provided by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old girl who was shot at close range in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, reads a book as she continues her recovery at the hospital. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital, File)
This photo made available by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, England shows Malala Yousufzai saying goodbye as she is discharged from the hospital to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the area, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham)
In this Dec. 8, 2012 file photo provided by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, left, and his daughter Asifa Bhutto, center back, meet with Malala Yousufzai, where she is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained when a Taliban gunman opened fire on her and her friends outside the Khushal School for Girls in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, File)
In this undated file handout photo issued by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Malala Yousufzai, at left in her hospital bed, poses for a photograph with her father Ziauddin, second right accompanied by her two younger brothers Atal, right and Khushal, in Birmingham, England. (AP Photo/ Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham)
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