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Pakistani girl injured in Taliban attack sent UK for treatment

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct. 16, IRNA -- The 14-year old Pakistani girl, who was injured in a Taliban attack last week, was flown out to Britain on Monday for further treatment, the army said.

Taliban said they targeted Malala Yousfzai for her campaign against the militants in her Swat valley.

Malala, who was hit in the head by single bullet on Tuesday, was later shifted to a military hospital in the garrison city of Rawalpindi and was sent to Britain in an air ambulance Monday morning, the military said.

A military statement said that a panel of doctors recommended that Malala be shifted abroad to a UK centre which has the capability to provide integrated care to children who have sustained severe injury.

Malala’s family was consulted and their wishes were also taken into consideration, it said.

Pakistan had arranged with the UAE for a specially equipped air ambulance which was used to transfer Malala to the UK. In order to provide continuity of care, an Army intensive Care Specialist is accompanying Malala on her flight.

All expenses including transportation of Malala by specially equipped air ambulance and treatment abroad will be borne by the government of Pakistan.

It was agreed by the panel of Pakistani doctors and international experts that Malala will require prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of trauma that she has received, the army said.

It is expected that in due course of time she will need repair/replace of damaged bones of the skull and long term rehabilitation including intensive neuro rehabilitation.

It was the view that if Malala was going to be transferred overseas to a centre which could provide the required integrated care then it should be during this time window whilst her condition was optimal and before any unforeseen complications had set in.

Doctors earlier said that the medical team treating Malala have been reviewing her progress at regular intervals and consulting with international experts.

The acute phase has been managed in accordance with international standards and the medical team is pleased with her present condition which has been described as optimal.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80372300

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