Malala reunited with friend

Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old girl shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan, has been reunited with her lifelong friend who was injured in the same attack.

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Malala Yousafzai up for Nobel Peace Prize

Credit: QE Hospital

It's being reported by NBC that Malala Yousafzai – the young girl shot in the face by the Taliban – has been formally nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala, who was treated for her injuries at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, was shot on her way home from school for her efforts in promoting girls' education in Pakistan.

Her name was put forward by three members of the Norwegian parliament on Friday.

If awarded, Malala will be the youngest recipient and one of only 15 females to be awarded the prize.

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Malala not 'naive' about her profile around the world

by Rupert Evelyn: ITV News Midlands Correspondent

Dr Dave Rosser said that Malala's recovery is "first and foremost" testament to her "desire to get better and her strength".

He said that she is not "naive at all" about the fact that she is a high-profile patient and that she remains a target for some.

He added that she is a "remarkable young lady" and described her as "very lively" with a "great sense of humour".

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Damaged part of skull 'stored' in Malala's abdomen

by Rupert Evelyn: ITV News Midlands Correspondent

Malala is to undergo major surgery in the next few days to repair the missing part of her skull.

The fragment of skull that was damaged by the bullet has been stored in her abdomen since she was initially treated.

Dr Dave Rosser,Medical Director at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, told me that the procedure is quite common and that Malala made the final decision to opt for a titanium plate.

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Hospital describes Malala's injuries and surgery

The titanium cranioplasty procedure [to fit a titanium plate to Malala's skull] is carried out first and will take between one and two hours. The head will be shaved at the wound location and the flap of skin covering it will be prepared and draped back ...

The 0.6mm metal plate that has been moulded from a 3D model created through CT imaging from Malala’s own skull, will then be put in place. It is secured to the skull with screws placed in 2mm counter-sunk holes.

The flap of skin is then draped back over the plate and stitched into place.

The cochlear [hearing implant] surgeon then takes over from the neurosurgeon. The surgeon will locate the cochlear and identify the structures of the inner ear. An incision will be made in the round window membrane and the implant is fed through it ...

This part of the surgery will take approximately 90 minutes.

– queen Elizabeth hospital statement
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Titanium plate to be fitted to Malala's skull

This animation has been released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to illustrate the surgery that Malala will undergo.

The straight line in the video shows where the bullet entered and exited Malala's head.

It then shows the section of Malala's skull that is missing, and how a moulded titanium plate will be fitted to cover this.

The final part of the video shows the small electronic device that will be fitted to her left ear to improve her sense of hearing. She can still hear normally through her right ear.

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Prosthetist describes how titanium plate was made

In this video, Principal Maxillofacial Prosthetist Stefan Edmondson describes how he moulded the titanium plate that will cover the missing section of Malala's skull.

He describes how an exact model of the damaged part of the skull was made so that the metal plate could be gradually moulded and refined until it was a perfect fit.

The metal plate is just over half a millimetre thick and is secured to the skull with tiny screws.

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