The father of shot teenager Malala Yousufzai has thanked hospital staff and members of the public for their help and support for his daughter.
Ziauddin Yousufzai said the decision for his daughter to be flown to the UK and treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham had been a "miracle" for him and his family.
Speaking to media at a briefing at the hospital, Mr Yousufzai's voice shook as he said: "The very day I saw my daughter, and the next day when she was operated, her whole body was swollen and she was in very bad condition."
Mr Yousufzai, who was accompanied by Malala's 12-year-old brother Khushal Khan, said he was advised that he should make arrangements for her funeral.
She was flown to the UK for treatment at the specialist hospital after she was shot and wounded by a Taliban gunman on October 9.
Mr Yousufzai said the family had received regular updates from Dr David Rosser, who is treating Malala at the hospital, while they were in Pakistan.
He said: "She is improving with an encouraging speed and we are very happy. She got the right treatment at the right place at the right time."
Mr Yousufzai thanked members of the public around the world who had showed support for his daughter and her cause for "peace and education".
He said: "An attacker, who could be called the agent of Satan, he attacked, but after that I found angels on my side, everywhere, all around me, until this time and this place."
He added: "I'm thankful to all the people all over the world. They condemned the attack and prayed for my daughter."