LONDON: Doctors treating Malala Yousafzai at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are planning the reconstructive operations to treat her horrific injuries.Malala was flown to Birmingham Airport on Monday and transferred to the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which specialises in treating British military casualties. At a mediacasualties.
At a media briefing, Dr Dave Rosser, the hospital’s medical director, explained that experienced surgeons are going over the procedures Malala will need as part of her “prolonged care” on the road to physical and psychological recovery.
“It’s obvious that Malala will need reconstructive surgery, and we have international experts in that field, so it’s beginning to plan for reconstructive surgery,” he said.He said the team of doctors treating Malala were “pleased” with her progress and she was “showing every sign of being strong”.
Dr Rosser said: “We are very pleased with the progress she’s made so far, she’s shown signs of being just as strong as we have been led to believe she is. I’ve spoken to consultants coordinating her case and they are very impressed by her resilience and her strength. Malala’s family did not travel to the UK with her — they will be coming but I don’t know when that is being dealt with.”
Dr Rosser said there had been a security incident overnight in which people falsely claiming to be Malala’s family were detained by police.“A number of people were arrested who were trying to reach Malala’s ward overnight. They didn’t want to harm her but tried to break in. We don’t believe there is any threat to her personal security. We think its probably people being over-curious,” he told, but the West Midlands Police clarified to The News that there were no arrests made and the two visitors were well-wishers.
The police spokesperson said: “Two well-wishers arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham overnight wishing to see Malala Yousafzai. They were stopped in a public area of the hospital and questioned by police, who recorded their details and advised the pair that they would not be allowed to see her. No arrests were made and at no point was there any threat to Malala.”
The News has learnt that armed officers from the West midlands police are guarding the unit where Malala is receiving treatment. Malala is not allowed to receive any visitors in hospital. A hospital spokesperson told The News that after her arrival at the hospital, Malala has been assessed by “a number of the Trust’s multi-specialist doctors, working alongside colleagues from Birmingham Children’s Hospital”.
“The medical team included clinicians from Neurosurgery, Imaging, Trauma and Therapies, who will be planning her onward care pathway to ensure that all her clinical needs are met. Malala spent a comfortable night in the Queen Elizabeth hospital and her condition this morning is described as “stable”.
Meanwhile, a major organisation representing mosques in the UK welcomed Malala’s treatment in the UK and said that prayers were being held for her in more than 1,500 mosques across the country. Farooq Murad, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “The horrific attack on Malala Yousafzai is to be condemned, and has rightly been done so by Pakistan’s responsible political and religious leaders. Malala’s case also tells us that violence, and political violence in particular, has been an everyday fact for Pakistanis. Each day we hear of an outrage: whether it be for sectarian, religious or political. This is compounded by the onset of US military drones that have cost the lives of so many innocent lives. All of this must stop.” Late on Tuesday evening, Queen Elizabeth Hospital said that messages of support and offers of financial assistance for Malala have been flooding in to the hospital.
The hospital set up a message board on the Trust’s website to allow well-wishers to leave their messages of support. The hospital said it was unable to accept cards and gifts but they can be sent or delivered to: “For Malala”, c/o Pakistan Consulate Birmingham, 2-26 Constitution Hill, Hockley, Birmingham, B19 3LY.
A statement from the hospital said: “The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity (QEHB Charity) has set up an account within the main hospital fund to support Malala. Anyone wishing to visit the message board or donate should go to www.uhb.nhs.uk/malala and follow the links.