February 13, 2013
A Pakistani girl was released from a Birmingham, England hospital recently after recovering from two gunshot wounds. Malala Yousufzai, only 15 years old, was shot twice by the Taliban back in October. Malala is an advocate for girls to be educated in Pakistan, after the terrorists banned all girls from schools in her town of Swat, back in 2009. The Taliban do not tolerate people like Malala, so when she was located, she was shot. The gunshot wounds caused swelling in Malala’s skull and she became deaf when her middle ear was damaged. Doctors had to remove part of her skull so the swelling in her brain wouldn’t cause severe brain damage. Months later, when the swelling was down, doctors operated again replacing the part of her skull that was removed and adding titanium, as her head and bone fragments have changed. A cochlear device was implanted in her left ear to restore her hearing. Malala hopes to be fully recovered in a month. This terrible incident is not stopping Malala from promoting her cause. She stated, “God has given me this new life and I want to serve and I want every girl, every child to be educated.” Malala will continue rehabilitation in Birmingham, where her family is temporarily living.
Malala’s Remarkable Recovery and Continued Quest
Malala’s story has many interesting psychological correlations. The first is the physical damage to her brain and auditory system. Malala’s doctors were able to help with the brains amazing ability to heal, by removing part of her skull to stop the pressure her brain was inflicting on itself. Once the swelling was down on her brain, Malala’s missing piece of her skull was replaced as well as a titanium plate, to again protect her head (Fantz & Greene, 2013). A cochlear device was also inserted at that time, to restore hearing in her left ear. Gunfire from her attack broke the...