Pakistani girl shot by Taliban leaves UK hospital

 The surgery and recovery aren

A supporter of Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), reacts while holding a poster of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot last Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, during a rally to condemn the attack in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

LONDON (AP) -- The surgery and recovery aren't over yet but a 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has been released from a British hospital.

Photographs and a video released by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham show Malala Yousufzai hugging nurses, waving and smiling shyly. Her steps seemed tentative, but hospital officials say she is strong and recovering well.

Malala will live with her parents and two brothers in the UK while she continues to receive treatment, but will be admitted again in the next month for another round of surgery to rebuild her skull.

Experts have been optimistic that Malala, who was airlifted from Pakistan in October to receive specialized medical care, has a good chance of recovery because the brains of teenagers are still growing and can better adapt to trauma.


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