Hospital official says Pakistani girl could make 'good recovery'

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Associated Press

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 12:05 PM

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — A hospital official in central England says a 14-year-old Pakistani girl "has a chance of making a good recovery."

The girl (Malala Yousufzai) was flown to England today from Pakistan, where she had been shot in the head by the Taliban a week ago in retaliation for her activism promoting the education of girls.

The Taliban have threatened to target her again because she promoted "Western thinking."

The teen had been receiving treatment at a Pakistani military hospital. She's now being treated at a facility that has extensive experience treating British soldiers who were injured in battle.

Pakistani's military had said that a panel of doctors recommended she be sent to a facility in the U.K. that can provided "integrated" care.

The military said damaged bones in her skull will have to be repaired or replaced, and she will need "intensive" rehabilitation.

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138-a-17-(William Hague, British foreign secretary, to reporters)-"health service hospital"-British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousufzai (muh-LAH'-luh you-SOOF'-zeye), who was shot by the Taliban is on her way to Britain for specialised medical care. ((note "today" in cut refers to Monday)) ((note length of cut)) (15 Oct 2012)

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140-a-12-(William Hague, British foreign secretary, to reporters)-"girls in Pakistan"-British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he fully comdemns the Taliban shooting of the Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousufzai. ((Malala Yousufzai is pronounced muh-LAH'-luh you-SOOF'-zeye)) (15 Oct 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Thousands of supporters of Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement, attend a rally for Malala Yousufzai, Karachi, Pakistan, on texture, partial graphic (15 Oct 2012)

GRAPHICSBANK: A supporter of Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), reacts while holding a poster of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, Karachi, Pakistan, graphic element on gray (15 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO POLITICS_SCHOOLGIRL_165902.JPG: Malala Yousufzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, is transferred from the plane aboard a stretcher as she arrives at Birmingham Airport, England, Monday October 15, 2012. Malala Yousufzai, will receive medical care by doctors and nurses who are specialists in helping British soldiers wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, after she was shot on a bus in front of her friends for promoting girls' education and criticizing militants. (AP Photo/David Jones, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES (15 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO LON814: Malala Yousufzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, is transferred from the plane aboard a stretcher as she arrives at Birmingham Airport, England, Monday Oct. 15, 2012. Malala Yousufzai, will receive medical care by doctors and nurses who are specialists in helping British soldiers wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, after she was shot on a bus in front of her friends for promoting girls' education and criticizing militants. (AP Photo/David Jones, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES (15 Oct 2012)

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