Malala Yousafzai Lives to Tell of Shooting by Taliban : 72 Tense Hours

Photo: Time Magazine
Photo: Time Magazine

 

“I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me. I would not shoot him,” stated Malala Yousafzai in her speech at United Nations. She has since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to The Los Angeles Times.

According to ABCnews.go.com, Malala was in her school bus on the morning of October 9, 2012, in Swat, Pakistan,when a gunman came into the bus with a gun, asked for where Malala was, and fired three shots, two sinking into her forehead and her shoulder.

Militants had shot the 15-year-old girl in the head to stop her from campaigning for education for girls, according to theatlantic.com  Abcnews.com reports that in the hospital after Malala she was shot, Army Neurosurgeon Col. Junaid Khan realized the bullet had caused Yousafzai’s brain to swell and that she needed emergency surgery to remove a portion of her skull to relieve the pressure.

Doctors attached a titanium plate to her skull and implanted a cochlear device to restore hearing to her left ear, according to CNN.com. “Malala has no long-lasting brain injuries,” stated her brain surgeon, Dr. Anwen White.