Official: Shot Pakistani Girl is Moving her Limbs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Because the exact nature of Malala Yousufzai

Malala Yousufzai, 12, is seen at her home in the Swat Valley, March 26, 2009, in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) -- A Pakistani official says a 14-year-old girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting female education has been doing better since she was airlifted to England for specialized treatment and has even been moving her limbs.
Because the exact nature of Malala Yousufzai's brain injuries hasn't been made public, it's difficult to gauge what such improvements may mean.
One expert said Wednesday that physical abilities often returned first in cases of brain trauma, but it doesn't necessarily herald a full recovery.
Still, Dr. Jonathan Fellus of the International Brain Research Foundation says "any progress is hopeful."
The Pakistani official spoke anonymously, saying he wasn't authorized to talk on the record about the case.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where the girl is being treated, declined comment.


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