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Malala Yousufzai To Come To UK For Treatment After Taliban Shooting

15/10/2012 16:59 | Updated 22 May 2015

Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out in favour of education for girls, is to come to the UK for treatment for her injuries.

An air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates will bring the teenager to a hospital in Britain, a military spokesman said in a statement.

"The panel of doctors recommended that Malala be shifted abroad to a UK centre which has the capability to provide integrated care to children who have sustained severe injury," the statement read.

Reuters reports that Malala is in need of 'prolonged' care to recover 'physically and psychologically' from the injuries she sustained when she was shot on a bus in front of her friends after speaking out against the ban on females being educated.

Schoolgirl shot by Taliban to come to UK for treatment PA

Malala was initially treated by neurosurgeons in a Pakistani military hospital, where she has remained in intensive care since surgery.

She will now undergo further treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The foreign Secretary William Hague spoke out of his horror at the schoolgirl's shooting and confirmed she will now be looked after by the NHS.

"Last week's barbaric attack on Malala Yousafzai and her school friends shocked Pakistan and the world," he told the Sun. "Malala's bravery in standing up for the right of all young girls in Pakistan to an education is an example to us all.

"Malala will now receive specialist medical care in an NHS hospital. Our thoughts remain with Malala and her family at this difficult time."

Malala had wanted to become a doctor, but in line with dad's wishes for her to enter politics had begun to campaign against the Taliban's drive to deprive girls of an education.

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