Gordon Brown at Malala hospital

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by a Taliban gunman three weeks ago, is being treated.

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Malala's father: 'Pakistan has come together over shooting'

Malala's father Ziauddin Yousafzai has thanked the world for praying for his 15-year-old daughter who was shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for education for women and girls in Pakistan.

"When she fell, Pakistan stood," he said.

"And this is a turning point. So that's why I am thankful to all the people all over the world, indifferent to caste, creed, religion, faith, country, age, sex - everyone across the world - they condemned the attack in strong words and they prayed for my daughter."


Doctor: 'Malala is likely to make a full recovery'

Dr Dave Rosser, of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, has told reporters he doesn't believe Malala Yousafzai has suffered "significant brain damage" and she is "likely to make a full recovery".

Dr Dave Rosser speaks to the media. Credit: APTN

He explained the 15-year-old will need skull reconstruction once she is strong enough and she shouldn't need to be in hospital for more than a few weeks, or a couple of months at most.

Asked Malala's long term prognosis, he replied 'excellent'.

Father thanks Dr Rosser from 'all the world who love Malala'

Malala's father has hailed the British doctor who has led his daughter's recovery in Birmingham.

Ziauddin Yousafzai said of Dr David Rosser:

"He is the most lovely face for me and for my countrymen, and for all the world who love Malala and who are worried about her health.

"We sat at the television all day and night when he [Dr Rosser] would come on the screen to tell something about my daughter, so as long as we were in Pakistan, he was a source of satisfaction for us."

Malala's father: 'When my daughter fell, Pakistan stood up'

Malala's father Ziauddin Yousafzai has told reporters when his "daughter fell, Pakistan stood up and this is a turning point."

Speaking after visiting the 15-year-old in Birmingham, he said: "When she fell, the person who attacked her wanted to kill her...She fell temporarily, she will rise again.

Malala's father Ziauddin Yousafzai speaks to the media. Credit: APTN

"When she fell, Pakistan stood and the world rose. This is a turning point...She is not just my daughter, she is everybody's daughter."

Malala's family had begun preparation for her funeral

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala's father, said at one point his family had begun to prepare for her funeral.

"A time came...when, God forbid, I told my brother that you should make preparations for her funeral."

He then paused as he became overcome with emotion.

"So she was shifted here [Birmingham]. To be very short, I can say that she got the right treatment, at the right place, at the right time," he added.

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