Doctors: Pakistani teen shot by Taliban is improving
Amy Kellogg reports from London
- Duration 2:59
- Date Oct 19, 2012
Amy Kellogg reports from London
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An update now on this -- treating a Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban on her school bus.
Say that she is making a remarkable recovery we're told that she can now stand with help.
And is even communicating again Amy Kellogg is following this story boy she is live in London.
And -- has had an incredible recovery from what many people thought she could not wouldn't she did not recover Amy so what's the latest.
We were all just so pleasantly surprise this morning -- I have to say we didn't expect that it would all go this quickly she's not actually able to speak of course.
Because she had a tracheotomy there was swelling in her throat due to the damage from the bullet -- -- -- have to put a pipe in her throat but they think doctors think that pipe will be out a few days and that she will be able to speak at this point.
And for now she's writing and -- doctors put it she is communicating freely.
Doctors say that there has been some brain damage that they don't see any real deficits in her faculties at this point.
She does have an infection in the bullet track area which they're worried about their treating that.
Of course they worry it could spread but they are trying to keep it under control she's at the but they say edge of the forest but not out of the woods.
But doctors are saying market that they think that she could in fact make a full recovery -- -- that be the best revenge members of the Taliban who wanted to silence her because she speaks out for young girls.
And the importance of their education and as I said she was on the -- to the school bus.
When the Taliban members boarded that bus and shot her so does she understand all that she remember any of that about what happened.
Well this is interesting -- she seems to it she knows where she is the first question she asked was which country and -- in.
So she is believed to understand.
Why she is in the United Kingdom.
She has made it known that she it's very appreciative of all the support she's received.
And so she has given passed along thanks to all the people that sent her well wishes.
But the doctors say that they don't want to ask could they don't -- -- they don't wanna talk about what happened right now because from their experience dealing with the war wounded from places like Afghanistan.
They say it's not always in the patient's best interest to talk about their trauma right away.
It's too early to -- suffering and so that's how we know -- from -- -- with.
Military casualties we know that reminding people trust your defense in this stage.
Increases are grateful that potential psychological problems later so we wouldn't -- that.
And importantly -- in the -- herself has asked that.
We expect the next few weeks to be quite slow in terms of any tangible progress but they're hoping.
In a couple of weeks -- -- have recovered enough to -- different undergo the skull reconstructive surgery that she needs to undertake is well her family is not here yet.
-- -- waiting for more about any arrangements they may have to come out -- very brave young lady and a story that everybody needs to now so.