It is nothing short of a miracle that the teen education advocate is still alive and even more astounding that she suffered no major brain or nerve damage.
The attempt on Malala's life propelled her and her cause onto the global stage.
Beyond her hospital room in her new home in the U.K., a world sympathetic with her ordeal transformed her into a global symbol.
An avalanche of support poured in, including from world leaders.
The U.N. started a global education program for girls called "I am Malala," the name she has chosen for her biography.
This year, the Malala Fund was created to support education for girls around the world.
She recovered and addressed the United Nations in New York on her 16th birthday, July 12.
"They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed," she said. "And then, out of that silence, came thousands of voices."