Pakistani girl shot by Taliban leaves UK hospital

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 11:04 AM

LONDON (AP) — The surgery and recovery aren't over yet but a 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has been released from a British hospital.

Photographs and a video released by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham show Malala Yousufzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suf-ZAY') hugging nurses, waving and smiling shyly. Her steps seemed tentative, but hospital officials say she is strong and recovering well.

Malala will live with her parents and two brothers in the UK while she continues to receive treatment, but will be admitted again in the next month for another round of surgery to rebuild her skull.

Experts have been optimistic that Malala, who was airlifted from Pakistan in October to receive specialized medical care, has a good chance of recovery because the brains of teenagers are still growing and can better adapt to trauma.

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087-v-29-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)--A teenage Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has been released to her family from a British hospital. Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports. (4 Jan 2013)

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088-c-15-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)-"to five years"-Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports the Pakistani girl will be able to stay in Britain with her family beyond her recovery period. (4 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO LON103: 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. the teenage Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has been released from the hospital after impressing doctors with her strength. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham officials said Friday 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai will be treated as an outpatient before being readmitted for further cranial re-constructive surgery at the end of the month or in early February. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham) (4 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO LON104: 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. the teenage Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has been released from the hospital after impressing doctors with her strength. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham officials said Friday 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai will be treated as an outpatient before being readmitted for further cranial re-constructive surgery at the end of the month or in early February. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham) (4 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO LON102: 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. the teenage Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has been released from the hospital after impressing doctors with her strength. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham officials said Friday 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai will be treated as an outpatient before being readmitted for further cranial re-constructive surgery at the end of the month or in early February. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham) (4 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO LON101: 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. the teenage Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has been released from the hospital after impressing doctors with her strength. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham officials said Friday 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai will be treated as an outpatient before being readmitted for further cranial re-constructive surgery at the end of the month or in early February. (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham) (4 Jan 2013)

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