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Next 48 hours critical for Malala: DG ISPR

malala-RAWALPINDI: Health of injured Malala Yousafzai is satisfactory while next 48 hours are critical, said Director General ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa here on Friday.


"According to neurosurgical and intensive care specialists, health of Malala Yousafzai is satisfactory but next 36 to 48 hours are critical," said the DG ISPR briefing the media-persons regarding health condition of 14-year school girl, who was targeted by militants in a Swat town on Tuesday.


However, he said that Malala has been placed on ventilator but the team of doctors have described her health condition as satisfactory.


She was flown by an air-ambulance from Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), a health unit of CMH Rawalpindi on Thursday.


A team of specialists also accompanied wounded Malala on her way to Rawalpindi, while another team of specialists headed by Surgeon General of Pakistan Army received her here, he said.


General Bajwa said Malala was shifted to Rawalpindi on the advice of the doctors’ panel treating her as there are better intensive care facilities as compared to CMH Peshawar.


All the medical sketches and pathological investigations of Malala were carried out afresh in AFIC, according to which all her vital organs are well intact and working properly, he said.


The DG ISPR added that a special medical team had been constituted, headed by a Major General, and that the decision to send Malala abroad would be taken by the medical board.


Answering a question regarding composition of the medical team, he said it includes specialists from abroad, senior specialists from civil set up and senior doctors from Pakistan Army.


This team will keep vigil on her health round the clock and will take decisions according to her health needs till her complete recovery, he added.


He appealed the nation today being Friday offer special prayers for her early recovery and ISPR will keep abreast all about her health condition from time to time through media.


Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012


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