Pakistan’s teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, was still on ventilator at a top army hospital, though her condition was satisfactory and her vital organs were “intact and working properly”, the military said today.

The condition of 14-year-old Malala, who is in the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, continues to be satisfactory, a military spokesman said.

She is still on ventilator in the intensive care unit but her vital organs are “intact and working properly,” he said.

A board of doctors is continuously monitoring her condition.

A special medical team, comprising specialists from abroad and civilian hospitals and senior doctors of the Pakistan Army, is also keeping a vigil on Malala’s health round the clock, the spokesman said.

Malala, who along with two of her school friends was attacked by militants on Tuesday in Mingora — the main town in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat, was airlifted from a military hospital in Peshawar to Rawalpindi for better care on Thursday after doctors removed a bullet lodged near her spine.

Geo News channel quoted its sources as saying that the swelling in Malala’s head had subsided and that she had responded to painful stimulus.

However, her ability to move her limbs continued to be limited though this could be a side-effect of medication, the sources were quoted as saying.

People across Pakistan, especially school children, continued to offer special prayers for Malala’s recovery.

Protests were also organised in several towns and cities.

In the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, lawyers boycotted all courts to protest the attack on Malala.

The protest was organised by the provincial bar council.

Lawyers held a meeting to condemn the incident and prayed for Malala.

(This article was published on October 13, 2012)
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