UAE to send air ambulance for Pak girl shot by Taliban
Islamabad: The UAE royal family plans to send an air ambulance for teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, who is on ventilator at a top Army hospital in Pakistan after being shot in the head by the Taliban, in case doctors decide to send her abroad for treatment.
Visas were being finalised for the special UAE aircraft's crew and six doctors, Pakistan's Ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Jamil Ahmed Khan, told Geo News channel.
The air ambulance will remain in Islamabad till a decision is made whether she should be shifted abroad.
Arrangements have been made to treat Malala at three hospitals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Khan said.
14-year-old Malala, who along with two of her school friends was attacked on Tuesday last, was making "slow and steady progress" at the military hospital in Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi and her condition was satisfactory.
"Doctors have reviewed Malala's condition and are satisfied. She is making slow and steady progress which is in keeping with expectations," chief military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a statement today.
Malala has been on ventilator since she was shifted from Peshawar to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on Thursday after doctors removed a bullet lodged near her backbone.
Bajwa said recovery from "this type of injury is always slow."
Doctors are continuing to monitor Malala's condition closely and another detailed review will be carried out this evening, he said.
Yesterday, doctors reduced Malala's sedation so that neurosurgeons could make a "better clinical assessment." She responded to stimulus and moved her hands and feet slightly.
Bajwa said authorities have made preparations for all contingencies, including shifting Malala abroad for treatment, though no decision has been made in this regard.