We’re going to keep you updated on this ongoing story.
14-year old (the age keeps jumping around, I know — I’m going to go with Aljazeera on this one) Malala Yousafzai, who wrote against the Talbian’s cruel regime operating illegally within Pakistan and is now an activist for educating young women, was shot in the head last week. She survived.
First she was sent to the local hospital, where she was stabilized and originally claimed to be in stable condition, with injuries said to be not life threatening.
Then she was sent to Pakistan’s leading military hospital, where she would be provided better care as well as protection from the Taliban while in recovery. At that point, the doctors said she had a “70 percent chance” of survival.
Now, she’s been airlifted to the United Kingdom, placed aboard an air ambulance paid for by the United Arab Emirates and accompanied by a full medical team.
The hospital in question is Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It’s considered one of the biggest in the world provided by the National Health Service. The United Arab Emirates will be paying for her care.
The point of bringing her there was to provide integrated youth care both physically and psychologically. The hospital also has extensive experience in handling injuries that have afflicted British soldiers, and is primarily used for receiving those soldiers from overseas.
A panel of Pakistani doctors and international experts agreed that this was the best option for Malala’s recovery.
She was able to move her legs and hands several days ago when her sedatives were reduced. There’s currently no word on whether she’s sustained any permanent damage, neurological or otherwise.
Protests have been held in her name across Pakistan, the largest of which occurred yesterday, where tens of thousands of people flooded the port city of Karachi.
The Taliban continues to commit attacks across the country, and vows to end Malala’s life.