16 Oct 2012

British doctors hopeful Pakistani girl will recover

9:43 pm on 16 October 2012

Doctors at the British hospital where a Pakistani girl is being treated after being shot in the head by the Taliban say they are hopeful she can recover.

Malala Yousafzai, 14, was attacked in a school bus along with two other girls in Mingora in the Swat Valley last week.

The Taliban say they will make further attempts to kill her because of her outspoken support for education for Pakistani girls.

Doctors in Pakistan removed a bullet from her skull and she was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Monday accompanied by a full medical team.

The hospital's medical director, David Rosser, says his team has extensive experience treating the kind of injuries Malala sustained, the BBC reports. She remains in a serious condition.

Dr Rosser said some British colleagues who had been in Pakistan believed Malala had "a chance of making a good recovery".

"Clearly it would be inappropriate on every level, not least for her, to put her through all of this if there was no hope of decent recovery," he told reporters shortly before her arrival.

Malala Yousafzai became widely known as a campaigner for girls' education in Pakistan as a result of a diary she wrote for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban, when they banned all girls from attending school.