Malala Yousafzai awake, has stood up, doctors say

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One year after a Taliban bullet tried to silence Malala Yousufzai's demand for girls' education, she has published a book and is a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. But the militants threaten to kill her should she dare return home to Pakistan, and the principal at her old school says that as Malala's fame has grown, so has fear in her classrooms.



(CBS News) -- Malala Yousafzai stood up for the first time Friday, doctors in Birmingham, England, report.

The 15-year-old was taken on Monday to a British hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the head. A week ago in Pakistan, a Taliban gunman climbed aboard her school bus to assassinate her because of her long campaign to open schools to more girls in that country.

The hospital held a news conference and said the teenager is aware of her surroundings and making good progress.  

Malala, CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reported on "CBS This Morning," has some memory as to what happened, and remembers she was in Pakistan on a school bus one moment, and then, in the next, woke up in a foreign country. One of the first things she asked when she came out of her medically-induced coma Tuesday, D'Agata reported, was what country she was in.

Doctors are focusing on an infection along the bullet track. They say the bullet entered just above her left eyebrow and exited below her lower jaw. 

Malala is reportedly aware of all the global media attention she has received and wants to thank everybody for their support.

Below is some of the information Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, issued in a press release about Malala:

  • Malala was shot at point blank range.
  • The surgery to remove the bullet was successful and she was moved to the intensive care unit.
  • She is not on a ventilator. She has had a tracheostomy and is breathing through the tube in her neck.
  • Can't talk because of the tube in her throat, but can communicate through writing.
  • Her brain is still swollen.
  • She needs to get strong enough to do reconstructive surgery.
  • Her skull bone will need to be replaced either with her own bone or with a titanium plate.
  • Surgery weeks to months down the line.
At this early stage, in terms of neurological damage, doctors are say they hoping she will make a full recovery. She's not out of the woods, they say, but she's close to the edge of the woods.

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