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Pakistani girl shot by Taliban leaves hospital

 PROGRESS — Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was discharged from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Friday in Birmingham, England. She was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education. Doctors said she had made ‘‘excellent progress’’ and would be staying with her family nearby before returning for further surgery.

QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL BIRMINGHAM VIA REUTERS

PROGRESS — Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was discharged from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Friday in Birmingham, England. She was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education. Doctors said she had made ‘‘excellent progress’’ and would be staying with her family nearby before returning for further surgery.

LONDON — Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head three months ago by the Taliban for advocating the education of girls, has been discharged from a British hospital. Doctors said she had made ‘‘excellent progress’’ and would be staying with her family nearby before returning for further surgery to rebuild her skull in about four weeks.

“Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers,’’ said Dr. Dave Rosser, the medical director.

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The release was a promising turn for the teenage activist. Her shooting brought global condemnation of the Pakistani Taliban, whose fighters killed six female aid workers this week in the same region in northwestern Pakistan where Malala was shot.

On Oct. 9, gunmen halted her school bus as it went through Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley, singled her out, and opened fire. A bullet grazed her brain, nearly killing her, and traveled through her head before lodging in her neck.

Six days later, after emergency treatment in Pakistan, she was airlifted to a hospital in Birmingham, England, that specializes in treating British soldiers wounded in action in Afghanistan.

Medical experts say Malala has a good chance of making a full recovery because of her youth, but the long-term impact of her injuries remains unclear.

In recent weeks, she has left the hospital regularly to spend time with her father, Ziauddin; her mother, Toorpekai; and her younger brothers, Khushal and Atul. The Pakistani government is paying for her treatment.

Malala rose to prominence in 2009 with a blog for the BBC’s Urdu-language service that described life in Swat under Taliban rule. Later, she was featured in a documentary by The New York Times.

Now that her father, a school headmaster, has accepted a three-year position as education attache at the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham, it is unlikely that the family will return to Pakistan any time soon.

In any event, it may be too dangerous. The Taliban have vowed to attack the teenager again.

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