by Scott Creighton
The newest version of Malala’s wounds as told by Dr Rosser of Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is highly improbable if not impossible and it doesn’t conform at all to previous known facts of the case or photos of Malala taken during various stages of her treatment and transport. Perhaps that’s why the good doctor seems so uncomfortable during his press announcement this morning.
Gone is the story that Malala was shot in the head and neck and gone is the story that the bullet entered her skull. Now the story is that the bullet grazed off her young skull at the left temple or just above it and it moved down her cheek area damaging her jawbone (or the connection of the jaw) then down the neck somehow passing the carotid artery without nicking it.
Malala has also now been given a tracheotomy because as Dr. Rosser says, “her airway was swollen by the passage of the bullet”. This does not conform to what we know about her previous treatments.
Malala was supposedly shot on Oct. 9th 2012. She was immediately taken to a local hospital and then to a military hospital in Peshawar where surgery was performed. She stayed there 2 days until being transferred to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi. She wasn’t taken to the hospital in Birmingham until the 15th of October, some 6 days after she was supposedly shot.
What Dr. Rosser wants us to believe is that no other medical facility noticed the fact that she was having trouble breathing due to the fact that her airway was swollen by the passage of the bullet during that entire time.
That is highly unlikely.
Furthermore, there is a photo of Malala that was taken while she was at one of the two military facilities… it clearly shows she has not had a tracheotomy at that point and there is no apparent swelling of either her face or her neck. (click on image for larger view)
It is unlikely as well that a bullet passing her airways would cause swelling some 5-6 days after the contact, though certainly hospital malpractice could explain it, but aside from that, I don’t know what would delay a body’s reaction to a bullet in this way. But clearly, the swelling was not present when this photo was taken of Malala in the hospital some days after the event. No swelling and no tracheotomy.
Dr. Rosser then goes on to explain the path of the bullet which he claims entered her skin at the left temple and traveled under the skin but apparently above or outside the skull, down past the front of her ear to the jaw connection where it may or may not have damaged the bone, and then down her neck and ending up in her back near her spine. As best as I can I have outlined what appears to be the path he claims the bullet traveled on this diagram below. (click on image for larger view)
I’m not exactly sure how the bullet is supposed to damage her airway and then end up in her back, but somehow the bullet is supposed to have done that. Perhaps he is suggesting it changed direction after making contact with her jaw but if that is the case, how did it cause swelling in her airway?
Another good question becomes how did the bullet not damage her carotid artery?
In looking at the pictures of Malala after the shooting, it seems highly unlikely to me that a bullet passed through her skin under her temple and down the side of her face through her jawline area, to say nothing of her throat. Gunshot wounds to the face leave very serious swelling behind and the photos of her after the attack show absolutely nothing with regard to a possible bullet path moving along the side of her face under the skin. Just go look at that first photo of her.
Below are two pictures of people with gunshot wounds to the face. Swelling is obvious. One had the bullet pass through his neck and it hit his carotid and you will see the work they had to do to keep him alive. The images are graphic. This is not to say that every gunshot wound is the same, but there is no swelling on her face at all in the photo of her above nor in the recent photo of her in the hospital in England. Something again is wrong with this story.