Malala needs reconstructive surgery, doctors say

By Yasir Rehman

2013-01-30

LONDON – British doctors January 30 suggested that Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani girls' education activist whom the Taliban shot – undergo surgical procedures to reconstruct her skull and to restore her hearing, media reported.

The 15-year-old was discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham earlier this month after initial treatment; however, doctors say that she should return within a few days for titanium cranioplasty to repair a missing area of her skull and a cochlear implant to her left ear, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. Malala has been completely deaf in her left ear since the shooting.

Her full recovery could require 12-18 months, Dave Rosser, the hospital's medical director, said.

A Taliban gunman shot Malala and two other girls in Mingora October 9. All three girls survived.

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