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Still, experts cautioned that it is impossible to say how Malala will do without knowing the path of the bullet and what damages it caused, details that have not been released.

“The brain is like real estate,” said Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. “Location is everything.

“Based on the information we have, it appears that Malala was shot from the front down diagonally, but we don’t know what part of the brain the bullet went through, whether it crossed the midline and hit any vessels, or whether the bullet passed through the right or left side of the brain.”

The attack on the girls horrified people in Pakistan and across the world. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said Malala had become “a symbol of all that is good in us.”

“The work she did is far higher before God than that which is being done by terrorists in the name of religion,” he said at the Economic Cooperation Organization Summit in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. “We will continue her bright work.”

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has announced a $1 million bounty for Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan, saying he was the one who announced that the Taliban carried out the attack on Malala.

Associated Press writers Cassandra Vinograd and Jill Lawless in London, Aida Sultanova, in Baku, Azerbaijan, and Sebastian Abbot in Islamabad, Pakistan, contributed to this story.