DHAKA: Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban for advocating girls’ education, is to return to a specialist hospital in Britain for surgery to reconstruct her skull.
Fifteen-year-old Malala, who was shot in October and brought to Britain for treatment, was discharged from the hospital earlier this month to spend time with her family after her initial treatment phase.
Her doctors said on Wednesday she would return to hospital within the next 10 days to undergo surgery known as titanium cranioplasty to repair a missing area of her skull with a specially moulded titanium plate.
The shooting, in the head at point blank range as she left school in the Swat valley, drew widespread international condemnation.
She has become an internationally recognised symbol of resistance to the Taliban’s efforts to deny women education and other rights, and more than 250,000 people have signed online petitions calling for her to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.
British doctors who treated Yousufzai say the bullet hit her left brow but instead of penetrating her skull, travelled underneath the skin along the side of her head and into her shoulder, reports dawn.com.
Dave Rosser, the hospital’s medical director, said a procedure to insert a cochlear implant to restore her left side hearing and the complicated skull reconstruction surgery would be carried out by a team of 10 doctors and nurses.
The skull will be repaired with a 0.6 mm plate moulded from a 3D model created using imaging data from Malala’s skull.
The cranioplasty, which is expected to take between one and two hours, will be carried out first, followed by the cochlear implant operation, which should take around 90 minutes, Rosser said in a statement.
BDST: 1810 HRS, JAN 30, 2013
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