Monday, 15 October 2012

Malala sent to UK for treatment

The 14-year-old child activist, Malala Yousufzai, on Monday was sent to the United Kingdom where she will be provided continuity of care, in a specially equipped air ambulance from the United Arab Emirates arranged by the government of Pakistan, a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated.
Malala was accompanied by an intensive care specialist of the Army on her flight.
All expenses including Malala’s transportation and treatment abroad will be borne by the government of Pakistan.
The arrangements were made after a panel of doctors recommended that Malala be shifted abroad to a UK-based medical centre which has the capability to provide integrated care to children who have sustained severe injury.
According to ISPR spokesperson, the medical team treating Malala had been reviewing her progress at regular intervals and had been consulting with international experts.
He said the acute phase was managed in accordance with international standards and the medical team is pleased with her present condition which has been described as optimal.

It is expected that in due course of time she will need repair/replacement of damaged bones of the skull and long term rehabilitation including intensive neuro-rehabilitation.
It was agreed by the panel of Pakistani doctors and international experts that Malala will require prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of trauma that she has received.
Malala’s family was consulted and their wishes were also taken into consideration.

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