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    Malala Undergoes Two Operations

    PESHAWAR, NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, PAKISTAN - MARCH 26, 2009: Malala Yousafzai, 12, lives in the Swat Valley with her family, pictured on March 26, 2009 in Peshawar, Pakistan. She wants to become a politician and is relieved that the schools have re-opened, but is scared that Taliban militants will forbid school for all girls after the 4th grade. In October 2012, aged 14, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, but survived. The militants behind the attack, which was internationally condemned, claimed it was because she promoted secularism. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)

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    She miraculously survived a shot to the head, and now 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai is recovering after a successful five-hour surgery in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The young Pakistani activist for girls' education had a titanium plate molded to the missing part of her skull and a cochlear implant fitted for hearing purposes during two operations. A hospital spokesperson says Yousafzai is awake and speaking, and the medical team is "very pleased" with her recovery.

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