Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head in October by a Taliban assassin, was discharged from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, on Thursday.
Dave Rosser, medical director at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS foundation trust, said:
“Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery. Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers. She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her onward care.”
Yousafzai, 15, was shot after campaigning for women’s rights to education in her native country. Following the shooting, she was rushed to a local hospital in Pakistan where surgeons removed a bullet which entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, grazing her brain.
Malala was then flown to the Birmingham hospital, which specializes in military casualties, on October 15 for specialist neurosurgery.
The Guardian reports she will stay with her parents and two brothers in Birmingham, before undergoing further cranial-reconstruction surgery in late January or early February.
“I thank the whole of Pakistan and all other well-wishers for praying for her and our family,” said Mr Yousafzai. “What I am doing here is all temporary, and God willing we all will return to our homeland,” he added.
Video footage of Malala Yousafzai’s discharge from Queen Elizabeth Hospital can be seen below: