"Any progress is hopeful," Dr Jonathan Fellus, chief scientific officer at the New Jersey-based International Brain Research Foundation, said. "This is the natural course of recovery that we would expect."
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where Malala is being treated, released a statement Wednesday, Oct 17 saying Malala was in "stable condition and continued to impress doctors by responding well to her care," but didn't go into detail. The hospital's acting head of communications, Carole Cole, said there would be no further news on the case until Thursday. Malala's family was still in Pakistan and could not be reached for comment.
A Pakistani official has also said that Malala's condition was much better than earlier.
Malala was returning home from school in Pakistan last week when she was targeted by the Taliban for promoting female education and criticising the militant group's behaviour when they took over the Swat Valley, where she lived. The attack, in which two of her classmates were also wounded, has horrified many in Pakistan and across the world.
After she was attacked, wishes started pouring in for Malala for her quick recovery. Large-scale protests were witnessed across Pakistan against Taliban for attacking the teenager.
However, Taliban has threatened to kill Malala and her father, saying that the teenager is going against Islamic laws.