Coinciding with her family's arrival in the U.K., there are news reports today detailing 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai's brain injuries and the good news is that she's speaking and showed signs of memory—two signs that she did not suffer major brain damage from the Taliban attack that left bullets in her head and neck. CNN's Laura Smith-Spark reports that her doctor, Dr. Dave Rosser, said Malala was walking with little help and "appears to have very good memories of both the last few days of her care and events prior to this incident." "We don't think she has significant brain damage." he's quoted as saying in CNN's report. Meanwhile, ABC News's Nick Schifrin reported last night that Pakistani officials briefed by UK officials say Malala is speaking, and echoed Rosser's statement about the lack of brain damage. "Despite Yousufzai's progress, she has a long way to go. Doctors have said she will be in the hospital for months and need skull reconstruction," reports Schifrin. Malala will be recovering with (for now at least) her parents and family, who arrived from Pakistan last night. "They wanted to kill her. But she fell temporarily. She will rise again. She will stand again," Ziauddin Yousufzai said in an AP report.
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