A Pakistani teen activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she had argued that girls deserved an education is able to stand up and communicate, her doctors told NBC News.
Malala Yousufzai, 15, has been slowly recovering at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital since Monday.
She was flown there in secrecy to receive treatment from top British trauma docs and was being kept under heavy guard, as the Taliban thugs who ambushed her on Oct. 9 have vowed to finish her off.
Though the bullet tore through her skull and jaw before becoming lodged in her shoulder, the brave teen has made steady progress, waking from sedation and then moving her hands and legs less than a week after the attack.
Her doctors have kept quiet about the extent of her injuries and there were still signs of infection.
But she was “well enough that she’s agreed that she’s happy, in fact keen, for us to share more clinical detail,” Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director at the hospital, told NBC News.
“One of the first things she asked the nurses was what country she was in,” he said. “She’s closer to the edge of the woods, but she’s not out of the woods.”
Two gutless terror gunmen attacked Malala as she boarded a bus home in the Swat Valley, a former Taliban stronghold.
The attempted hit sparked worldwide condemnation and raised questions about Pakistan’s efforts to fight extremism.
On Thursday, it was revealed that the Pakistan military had rounded up one of the attackers during a push to drive the Taliban out Swat in 2009, but later let him go.
The suspected militant, known as Attaullah, remained at large was rumored to be hiding out in Afghanistan.
Pakistani authorities said they rounded up several of his family members and were leaning on them to give him up.
Malala first drew the attention of the Taliban in 2009 when, at just 11 years old, she began blogging for the BBC about life in Swat under the Talbian’s reign of terror.
Using a pseudonym, she argued that girls should be allowed to go to school and told stories about hiding books under clothes.
After the Taliban was driven out of the region, she went public and was subsequently targeted for death for promoting “Western thinking.”