British doctors `impressed by Malala Yousufzai`s strength`

Malala has “good chances of recovery” because unlike adult brains, the teenagers’ brains are still growing.

Updated: Oct 17, 2012, 14:57 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

London: Young Pakistani girl activist Malala Yousafza who was flown to Britain for better care, is responding exceptionally well to the treatment, “impressing” doctors with her strength, the doctors in UK hospital said Wednesday.

The 14-year old Malala has “good chances of recovery” because unlike adult brains, the teenagers’ brains are still growing and can adapt to trauma better, as per experts.

"Her response to treatment so far indicated that she could make a good recovery from her injuries," the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in central England`s Birmingham said in a statement.

The statement by Dr David Rosser, the medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham also said that the team of specialists from hospitals had been "impressed with her strength and resilience."

Other experts said they were not sure if a complete recovery of Malala’s brain was feasible.

"You don`t have a bullet go through your brain and have a full recovery," said one Dr. Jonathan Fellus, chief scientific officer at International Brain Research Foundation.

Malala, who was shot by Taliban in head in Swat valley in Pakistan, has been threatened of follow up attacks as she backs “Western thinking”. Malala has been a brave voice campaigning for girls education.

Malala’s safety continues to be a concern with reports yesterday saying that two people tried to visit Malala. Police stopped and questioned two, but hospital officials and police stressed there was no threat to the girl`s safety. The two people, who claimed to be Malala`s relatives, were turned away.

"We think it`s probably people being over-curious," hospital spokesman Dr. Dave Rosser said.

A message board has been set up on the Trust`s website to allow well-wishers to leave their messages of support.

With Agency Inputs