Malala 'getting better day by day'

News Shopper: Malala Yousufzai underwent successful surgery at the weekend (Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham/PA) Malala Yousufzai underwent successful surgery at the weekend (Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham/PA)

The Pakistani schoolgirl who survived assassination by the Taliban has said she is "getting better day by day".

Malala Yousufzai, 15, underwent successful surgery on her skull and ear at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham at the weekend.

She escaped death by a matter of inches when she was shot on October 9 last year - as the bullet entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, "grazing" her brain.

In a message recorded in the days before her latest operation, she spoke of her hopes for the future and the work she intends to undertake through a charitable fund which has been created and which bears her name - the Malala Fund.

She said: "Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and I am getting better day by day.

"It's just because of the prayers of people. Because all people - men, women, children - all of them have prayed for me.

"And because of all these prayers, God has given me this new life, a second life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organised the Malala Fund."

The Malala Fund supports her campaign for the right to education for children across the world.

Malala's British doctors have been delighted with her continuing recovery. When she was shot last October, surgeons in Pakistan removed the bullet before she was flown to the UK.

Doctors are hopeful that the latest procedures - to put a titanium plate on her damaged skull and to fit a cochlear implant - will be the last surgery she will need to undergo.

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