Pakistani Girl Who Was Shot in Head by Taliban Returns Home

(NECN/NBC News: Keir Simmons) - A 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education was released from a UK hospital on Friday to live with her family while she waits for an additional operation.

Malala Yousafzai  will live with her parents and two brothers in the UK while she continues to receive outpatient treatment, but will be admitted again in the next month for another round of surgery to rebuild her skull.

Months after she first arrived, Yousafzai walked from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham -- a miraculous recovery for the Pakistani schoolgirl who, in October, was shot in the head on her school bus.

She was targeted by the local Taliban in Pakistan's Swat District because she spoke up for the rights of women. Doctors say the bullet grazed her brain but described her as a strong young woman.

She will now continue her recovery with her family in Britain. Her father, mother and younger brothers are all there.

She is due to undergo reconstructive surgery in late January or early February. The Pakistani government is paying for her treatment, and her father has been given a job -- appointed Education Attaché for the Pakistani Consulate -- while tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Yousafzai to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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