London: Pakistan's teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, shot in the head by Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, is "stable, comfortable and responding well", doctors treating her at a UK hospital said on Saturday, a day after announcing she is able to write and stand with help.
"Malala's condition remains unchanged since yesterday's detailed briefing on her progress. She is stable, comfortable and responding well on Saturday," a statement from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham said.
Dr Dave Rosser, the medical director at the hospital, explained yesterday that 15-year-old Malala will now need a significant period of rest and recuperation before she has reconstructive surgery.
"Malala is able to stand on her legs with help from others," he told reporters.
But "Malala is still showing some signs of the bullet track which is our key source of concern. It is clear that she is not out of the woods yet. Having said that, she is doing very well."
Eleven days ago, Taliban militants shot at Malala in the head and neck when she was returning from school. Two of her classmates were also injured in the attack.
The Taliban wanted to eliminate her as she had been leading a campaign for girls' education in the Swat valley near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Malala was brought in an air ambulance to Birmingham on October 15 as specialists at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are considered among the best in the world at treating the kind of injuries she has sustained.
A bullet grazed the edge of Malala's brain, Dr Rosser said.
"Certainly, if you are talking a couple of inches more central, then it is almost certainly an unsurvivable injury," he noted.
Malala was extremely lucky that the bullet did not go through her skull after hitting her left eyebrow. It moved beneath the skin down to her jaw and then to the left shoulder blade, he said. The thinnest bone of Malala's skull was shattered by the impact and some fragments consequently pierced her brain.
Since it is still swollen, doctors have not been able to ascertain the full extent of brain injury.    The soft tissues around Malala's jaw and neck were also damaged by the bullet, the doctor said.
Dr Rosser said Malala regained consciousness on October 16.
"She seems to have understood why she is no longer in Pakistan and what has happened to her. Malala is communicating very freely - she is writing and can now move her arms and legs," he pointed out.
Meanwhile, a group of 14 top woman Senators in the US has written to Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack on the teenage girl are brought to justice.
"We believe an attack against Malala represents an attack against all women across the world and must not be tolerated," the group led by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote in its letter.


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