Good news for those following the recovery of teenage Pakistani girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai: She is now awake and was able to stand today for the first time since being shot in the head by the Taliban.
CBS News reports that Malala, who was flown to the U.K. for treatment following a successful surgery to remove the bullet, has a limited memory of what happened:
[Malala] has some memory as to what happened, and remembers she was in Pakistan on a school bus one moment, and then, in the next, woke up in a foreign country. One of the first things she asked when she came out of her medically-induced coma Tuesday ... was what country she was in.
Malala is now off a ventilator, but breathing through a tube in her neck. She's communicating by writing because she can't talk. Doctors hope to begin reconstructive surgery in "weeks to months," after she's had time to recover enough. Right now, doctors are treating an infection at the wound site.
Meanwhile, as CNN reports, journalists working out of Pakistan have been threatened by the Taliban for reporting on the attack.
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