Category: World / October 15, 2012 2:41 PM EDT
Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Swat, arrived in the British city of Birmingham for specialist medical treatment on Monday (October 15).
A renowned campaigner for girls' education, Malala was shot on her way home from school last Tuesday (October 9).
Shortly after her air ambulance touched down at Birmingham City Airport, an ambulance, escorted by a police convoy, carried Malala to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
While Pakistani surgeons removed a bullet from near her spinal cord during a three-hour operation the day after the attack, she now needs intensive specialist follow-up care. That is likely to include repairing damaged bones in her skull and complex follow-up neurological treatment.
Just how much damage Malala has suffered is unclear, although doctors said youth was on her side since a young brain has more ability to recover from injury than a mature one.
The unit at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital that will treat Malala is known for dealing with complex trauma cases and has treated hundreds of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.