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Malala Yousafzai has woken from her medically induced coma and is able to stand and communicate with assistance, the doctors treating her say.
Malala Yousafzai is conscious and communicating, doctors treating her in Britain have said.
The teenage Pakistani activist was even standing with assistance Friday morning, for the first time since Taliban gunmen shot her in the head last week.
She is currently receiving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, where medical director Dr. David Rosser told reporters that she was "doing very well."
Malala is "communicating freely" via written notes, he said. She is unable to talk because of a tracheostomy tube in her throat, but doctors are confident that she'll be speaking again once the tube is taken out.
She gave permission for details of her condition to be made public, the Associated Press cites Rosser as saying, and also asked him to thank people around the world for their interest and support.
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"She is not out of the woods yet," he warned. She is showing signs of infection from where the bullet travelled behind her left eye, through her jaw and into her shoulder.
In doing so it grazed the edge of her brain, causing "some damage to the brain, certainly physical," but so far doctors have not seen "any deficit in terms of function," Rosser said.
Had the bullet hit her a couple of inches further into her brain, the New York Times said, doctors believe Malala "almost certainly" wouldn't have survived.
She will be given the chance to rehabilitate for another two weeks before surgeons begin the process of reconstructing the damaged areas of her skull, according to the BBC.
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Yousafzai was shot on Oct. 9 in Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the Taliban objected to her public advocacy of education for girls.
The chief suspect has been identified as a member of the local Taliban named Attaullah. Pakistani authorities said Thursday that they had detained three of his relatives, but are still searching for the suspected gunman and his accomplice, the New York Times reported.
Meanwhile Malala has been confirmed to be 15, not 14 as previously reported. The records give her date of birth as July 12, 1997, officials at her school told NPR.