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Feb 04, 2013 at 10:19pm IST

Malala makes her first video appearance post-surgery; sets up fund to boost education

London: Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teenage rights activist who was shot in her head by Taliban, made her first video statement on Monday post-surgery, saying that she was recovering. She thanked everyone for her "second life" and said that she was "getting better, day by day."

"Today you can see that I am alive," she said. Speaking clearly but with a slight stiffness in her upper lip, 15-year-old added, "I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone. It's just because of the prayers of people. Because all people - men, women, children - all of them have prayed for me."

"And because of all these prayers God has given me this new life - a second life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organised the Malala Fund," she said.

Malala drew the world's attention when she was shot by Taliban militants on October 9 on a school bus in north-western Pakistan.

A bullet was removed from her head by surgeons in Pakistan, before she was flown to the UK for specialised treatment.

She underwent two successful surgeries on Saturday including one to fix a titanium plate on her skull. Malala had been discharged as an inpatient from the hospital in January after undergoing weeks of specialist treatment.

The Queen Elizabeth is also home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, which has treated many of the injured servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan.

Earlier last week, Malala was reported to have been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

With additional information from PTI