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Malala Yousafzai's First Thought When She Emerged from Her Coma

Season 7 Episode 626
Aired on 10/11/2015 | CC tv-14
Malala Yousafzai grew up in the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan. When she was just 11 years old, the Taliban, an extremist Islamic group, banned girls from attending school. Malala, whose parents owned a chain of schools in the region, began writing an anonymous blog for the BBC about her experience under Taliban occupation and its effect on girls' access to education.

Four years later, to prevent her from disseminating her beliefs, Taliban gunmen shot Malala in the head, nearly killing her while the young activist was on her way home from an exam. The brutal attack and her bravery in the face of hostile opposition brought her international recognition and a Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest person to receive the award.

During her Super Soul Sunday interview, Malala tells Oprah the first thought she had when she awoke in the hospital, as well as the first question she asked the doctors.

Watch to find out what she was thinking about in those traumatic moments, and hear her describe what little she remembers about the attack itself.
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