Malala Yousafzai to have surgery to repair skull
In the next 10 days, Malala will undergo a three-hour procedure to attach a titanium plate to a large hole in her head and to implant a cochlear hearing device to replace her destroyed eardrum.
Doctors hope this would be the last operation that she will have to undergo.
The procedures, which will be carried out by the same surgeons who treat British soldiers injured in Afghanistan, will set the teenager on a road to recovery that will allow her to kick-start her work as a global advocate for girls' education and to begin a relatively normal life in Birmingham.
Dr Dave Rosser, medical director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where she was treated said: "Malala's 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".
Dr Rosser said Malala's full recovery could take another 15 to 18 months.
He 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.
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