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Malala Yousafzai to undergo Skull repair surgery
 
 
 

Malala Yousafzai,  schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, would return to a specialist hospital in Britain for surgery to reconstruct her skull.
Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in October and brought to Britain for treatment, was discharged from the hospital earlier this month to spend time with her family after her initial treatment phase.
Her doctors said on Wednesday she would return to hospital within the next 10 days to undergo surgery known as titanium cranioplasty to repair a missing area of her skull with a specially moulded titanium plate.
Surgeons at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been giving details about two procedures due to be carried out on the 15-year-old.
She was discharged from the hospital earlier this month after being shot in the head by the Taliban in October.
The hospital said Malala's surgery would take place in the next 10 days. The first procedure will involve drilling into her skull and inserting a custom-made metal plate. Doctors said Malala was completely deaf in her left ear after being shot at point blank range.
'The shockwave destroyed her eardrum and the bones for hearing. The second procedure will involve fitting a small electronic device that provides a sense of sound to someone who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.
Both procedures could take a total of four-and-a-half hours. Dr Dave Rosser, medical director at the QEHB, said: "Her recovery is remarkable and it's a testament to her strength and desire to get better.
"There is no doubt that the surgery she underwent in Pakistan was life saving.
"Had that surgery not been of such a high standard she would have died."
He added her full recovery could take another 15 to 18 months.
Dr Rosser said the missing part of Malala's skull had been put in her abdomen by surgeons in Pakistan to "keep the bone alive".
Doctors in Birmingham have chosen to use a metal plate to repair her skull instead of the bone in her abdomen, which they say may have shrunk.
Dr Rosser added Malala has asked to keep the bone once it has been removed.
The bullet hit Malala's left brow and instead of penetrating her skull it travelled underneath the skin, the length of the side of her head and into her shoulder  The procedure includes repairing the missing area of skull with a titanium plate that has been moulded to accurately replicate Malala's skull  An electronic device that provides a sense of sound to people profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing will be fitted as the second part of the procedure.
The Pakistan government has given Malala's father, Ziaududdin Yousafzai, a job in Birmingham as the education attache at the Consulate of Pakistan for at least three years.

 
 
 
 
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