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Doctors to decide if Pakistani girl to go abroad

11 october 2012, 11:30
A team of senior Pakistani doctors flew to Peshawar on Wednesday to decide whether a 14-year-old child activist needs medical treatment abroad after she was shot in the head by the Taliban, AFP reports citing officials.

Malala Yousafzai was given initial treatment in the northwestern valley of Swat, where she was shot on her school bus Tuesday, then flown to the main northwestern city of Peshawar to be admitted to a military hospital.

"A team of senior civil and military doctors was flown to Peshawar this morning," a military officer told AFP.

"They are meeting soon. They have a two-point agenda -- to determine if Malala Yousafzai's condition allows her to be shifted abroad for treatment or if she needs surgery here," the officer added.

Malala spent Tuesday night in intensive care, where doctors at the combined military hospital (CMH) had described her condition as critical.

"We have thoroughly examined her, she is in critical condition. The bullet travelled from her head and then lodged in the back shoulder, near the neck," a doctor at CMH told AFP, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

"She is in the intensive care unit and semi-conscious, although not on the ventilator," he said, adding that the next three to four days would be crucial.

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