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Surgery success for girl shot by Taliban

A schoolgirl who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan has undergone successful skull surgery.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham confirmed Malala Yousufzai, 15, underwent cranial reconstruction and cochlear implantation procedures on Saturday.

A hospital spokeswoman said Malala's medical team were very pleased with her progress following the five-hour operation.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital. Her condition is described as stable and her medical team are very pleased with the progress she has made so far. She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family."

Malala has been receiving treatment at the hospital since she was flown to Britain in October after being shot in north-west Pakistan for promoting women's rights. Her case led former prime minister Gordon Brown to declare November 10 as Malala Day – a global day of action to secure education for 32 million girls not at school.

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