Pakistani teenage girl Malala Yousafzai remains in a critical condition following her shooting by the Taliban. Accused of who knows what by promoting education for girls she was singled out and shot. Since then she has been receiving treatment in a military hospital in Pakistan. Now she is to be moved to the UK.
Doctors at the Rawalpindi hospital in Pakistan have said that her treatment in the coming few days could prove crucial. They have done all that they can for now but hopefully UK doctors can provide important additional care.
It is thought that Malala will be treat at a military hospital in Birmingham, in the UK. It is the hospital that usually accepts referrals from the military abroad. Her treatment may include reconstructive surgery to her skull. Authorities in Pakistan are funding her UK treatment.
Presumably Malala is receiving care under the protection of the military to prevent further attacks. Malala has been inspirational to other girls in the region but has paid a high price for daring to speak out. The Taliban simply claim that her offence was promoting secularism.
The attack on such a young girl has been widely condemned, even in Pakistan. A Pakistani government official maintains that the attack was planned abroad.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery are sent
Update October 16 2012
Malala arrived in the UK late yesterday. She has spent a "comfortable" night at the Birmingham hospital. Doctors are hoping that she will make a good recovery. She will need prolonged care though and a series of surgical procedures, reconstructive surgery. There have also been reports today that "fake" relatives have tried to gain access to Malala at the UK hospital. They are being questioned by police. Malala remains under threat of attack by the Taliban.