Vigil held for schoolgirl Malala

Hillingdon Times: The plane containing Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, arrives in the UK The plane containing Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, arrives in the UK

A vigil is to be held for the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen.

Malala Yousafzai is being treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was said to be moving her limbs.

The 14-year-old was flown to the UK on Monday after being attacked for promoting the education of girls and criticising the militant group.

The vigil will be held by Women2Gether and Amina Women's Group outside Birmingham Council House in the city's Victoria Square between 11am and 1pm.

More than 600 people from around the world have posted messages of support for Malala on the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust website.

Doctors at the hospital, which has a decade's experience of treating British military casualties, are now planning the reconstructive operations needed to treat her horrific injuries.

Dr Dave Rosser, the hospital's medical director, explained experienced surgeons are going over the procedures Malala will need as part of her "prolonged care" on the road to physical and psychological recovery.

On Wednesday a spokesman for the hospital said Malala remains in a stable condition and is continuing to impress doctors by responding well to her care.

The teenager was shot with two classmates as they made their way home from school in Swat, in the north west of Pakistan in what Foreign Secretary William Hague described as a "barbaric attack".

Malala was saved by neurosurgeons in a Pakistani military hospital and has since been in intensive care. She was transferred to the UK by an air ambulance arranged by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Her family remains in Pakistan.

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