Malala `doing well`; candlelight vigil in Birmingham today
London: A candlelight vigil will be held in Birmingham on Saturday for 15-year-old Pakistan`s teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, as per a report.
The organiser Shahida Choudhrya said that the candles will denote “hope and healing” for the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban, as per a BBC report.
Malala has managed to stand with help for the first time and is also able to write, doctors treating her at a UK hospital said on Friday, while warning that "she is not out of the woods" yet.
Malala "is now well enough... She is happy, in fact, keen for us to share quite a lot of clinical detail with you," Dr David Rosser told reporters.
"She`s communicating very freely, she`s writing," he said. The girl has managed to stand with help for the first time since the October 9 attack.
Malala was "doing very well" but there were still some concerns about her smooth recovery, he said, adding that she was "not out of the woods" yet.
The schoolgirl, who along with two of her classmates was attacked in the restive Swat region of northwest Pakistan as they made their way home from school 10 days ago, was flown to the UK on Monday following a surgery at a Pakistani hospital during which a bullet lodged near her spine was removed. "She is still showing some signs of infection, which is probably related to the bullet track. (There is) some infection in the bullet track, which is our key source of concern," Dr Rosser said.
"She is still showing some signs of infection, which is probably related to the bullet track. (There is) some infection in the bullet track, which is our key source of concern," Dr Rosser said.
Teams of specialist doctors looking after Malala feel that she will need a few weeks to rehabilitate and for her infection to clear up, following which part of her skull will need to be reconstructed either by reinserting the bone that was removed or with a titanium plate, BBC reported.
Earlier in the day, a hospital statement said Malala`s condition this morning was "comfortable and stable".
"The 15-year-old, who sustained her injuries 10 days ago, is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with a team from both the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children`s hospitals looking after her," it said. Earlier, media reports had mentioned Malala`s age as 14.
"Malala`s family remain in Pakistan at this time," the hospital statement said. The number of support messages for Malala on the hospital trust`s website has grown to more than 2,300 overnight, it said.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity has set up an account within the main hospital fund to support Malala, who is widely known as a campaigner for girls` education in Pakistan.
Answering a question on Malala`s condition, Rosser said, "She is not on a ventilator. She has had a Trachiostomy and breathing through a tube in her neck. Can`t talk because of tube in throat but can communicate through writing. Understandably gets tired very easily".
"She is aware of surroundings. Her brain is still swollen. She has movement of her arms and legs. She has stood with assistance from nurses. She is currently fighting an infection," a statement issued by the hospital said.
"Surgery (may take) weeks to months down the line. This is a fluid situation and that she sustained a very, very grave injury. But we are hopeful she will make a good recovery," it said.
"Bullet hit left brow, instead of penetrating the skull it travelled underneath the skin, the whole length of side of head and into neck. Shock wave shattered thinnest bone of skull and fragments were driven into the brain," the statement said of Malala being shot at point blank range.
"Soft tissues at base of jaw/neck were damaged, bullet carried on through, across top of shoulder and landed above the left shoulder blade. The surgery (undertaken in Rawalpindi) to remove the bullet was successful and she was moved to the intensive care unit," it added.
The statement noted that, "Malala was not conscious on arrival, she was in a medically-induced coma, her sedation was reduced by the clinical team in a controlled manner and she regained consciousness on Tuesday afternoon. She had some movement then and that has since strengthened."
"At UHB (University Hospital Birmingham) she was re-evaluated fully and a number of further injuries were identified: injured left jawbone at its joint fracture of bone behind ear fracture of base of the skull," it added.
(With PTI Inputs)
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