Pak doctors say teenage Taliban victim Malala has 70 pc survival chances

Peshawar, Oct. 11: Doctors treating Pakistani child activist Malala Yousufzai have said she remains in intensive care with a 70 per cent chance of survival after being brutally attacked by the Taliban in the Swat region.

Malala, who earned international fame for raising voice against Taliban oppression in Swat, was shot in the neck and head and two other girls sustained injuries when the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) opened fire on their school van in Swat valley on Tuesday.

One of the doctors, Mumtaz Khan, said Malala’s condition had improved since the bullet was removed in an operation, but said she was still not out of danger.

“She has been put on a ventilator for two days. The bullet has affected some part of the brain, but there is a 70 per cent chance that she will survive,” Dr Khan said.

Mehmoodul Hasan, one of Malala’s relatives, said the family had been told her condition had improved but that doctors were sending her medical reports abroad.

“They are checking if better facilities are available in the UK or Dubai or any other country, then they will decide about sending her abroad, otherwise they will treat her here,” said Hasan.

Malala, a National Peace award winner, became the voice of all the girls in Swat when she began maintaining a diary on the website of the BBC under the pen name of “Gul Makai”. (ANI)