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Malala Yousufzai Discharged from British Hospital

Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images(BIRMINGHAM, England) -- Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was targeted and shot by the Taliban last October for supporting education for girls, has been discharged from the British hospital where she has been receiving treatment.

In a statement Friday, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham said Yousufzai was released on Thursday "to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary home in the West Midlands."

The family could be staying in England permanently after Yousufzai's father accepted a job as an education attaché at the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham.

Explaining the decision to send her home, Dr. Dave Rosser said, "Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers.  She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to work with her at home to supervise her onward care.”

The hospital says Yousufzai is scheduled to check-in again in late January or early February to undergo cranial reconstructive surgery.  Before then, she will return "regularly" for clinical appointments.

The hospital on Friday also released a video of Yousufzai's discharge, showing her walking down a corridor and waving goodbye:

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