Doctors treating the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban say she has been flown to Britain because they believe she has a chance of making a good recovery.
Malala Yousufzai is being treated at a specialist unit in Birmingham which has cared for hundreds of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.
She had a bullet removed from her skull last week in Pakistan but needs complex follow-up treatment.
“There’s a huge range of specialties that we have on this site, pretty much everything that you could envisage needing after any injury. And of course
because we are the receiving hospital for all the British battle casualties, and have been for the last ten years, we do unfortunately have very extensive experience of dealing with this sort of traumatic bullet related injury,” said Dr David Rosser, Medical Director of the Queez Elizabeth Hospital.
The 14-year-old, widely known as a campaigner for girls’ education in Pakistan, was singled out by a Taliban gunman on her way home from school.
The attack prompted some protests in Pakistan against the Taliban.
However most government officials have refrained from openly criticising the insurgents.
The Taliban have threatened to attack the schoolgirl again. Security at the UK hospital where she is being treated is described by a spokesman as “fairly robust” because the unit already treats military personnel.