Jan 4 2013 By Cheryl Mullin
MALALA Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban, has been discharged as an inpatient from a Birmingham hospital.
The 15-year-old was being treated at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) after being transferred following the assassination attempt in October.
Malala's family, who have a temporary home in the West Midlands, will now care for the teenager at home before she is readmitted to hospital later this month for reconstructive surgery.
It has been revealed that for the last two weeks, Malala has been allowed home to visit her family - father Ziauddin, mother Toorpekai and two younger brothers, Khushal and Atul - with her progress being monitored by her medical team.
Dave Rosser, medical director at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS foundation trust, said: "Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery.
"Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers.
"She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her onward care."
The attack on the schoolgirl, who is a vocal campaigner for girls' education, caused worldwide disgust and condemnation. The Taliban said Malala was targeted for "promoting secularism".