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Malala being sent abroad for treatment

Islamabad, October 15, 2012 (PPI-OT): An ISPR Spokesman has said that Malala Yousafzai is being sent abroad for treatment. The medical team treating Malala have been reviewing her progress at regular intervals and consulting with international experts.

The acute phase has been managed in accordance with international standards and the medical team is pleased with her present condition which has been described as optimal.

The view of the international experts was that the nureosurgery performed in Peshawar was exactly right and indeed saved her life. The decision to transfer her from Peshawar to the specialized paediatric intensive care unit at AFIC was correct and timely. The specialist treatment that she has received at the AFIC has had the beneficial effect of stabilising her condition.

It was agreed by the panel of Pakistani doctors and international experts that Malala will require prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of trauma that she has received.

It is expected that in due course of time she will need repair/replace of damaged bones of the skull and long term rehabilitation including intensive Neuro rehabilitation. It was the view that if Malala was going to be transferred overseas to a centre which could provide the required integrated care then it should be during this time window whilst her condition was optimal and before any unforeseen complications had set in.

Malala’s family was consulted and their wishes were also taken into consideration. Accordingly, the panel of doctors recommended that Malala be shifted abroad to a UK centre which has the capability to provide integrated care to children who have sustained severe injury.

Pakistan has arranged with the UAE for a specially equipped air ambulance which will be used to transfer Malala to the UK. In order to provide continuity of care, an Army intensive Care Specialist will accompany Malala on her flight.

All expenses including transportation of Malala by specially equipped air ambulance and treatment abroad will be borne by the government of Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)
Hilal Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 927 1605
Fax: +9251 927 1601
Email: ispr@ispr.gov.pk

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