The father of the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for her criticism of their opposition to education for girls said Friday that the progress she has made at a British hospital is a "miracle."

Malala Yousafzai, who was shot Oct. 9 on a school bus in the Swat Valley, is being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Her parents and two younger brothers arrived in the city on Thursday.

At a meeting with the media to report on Malala's condition, father Ziauddin Yousafzai thanked her doctors and said she was "recovering at an encouraging speed."

The father also had words of gratitude for the Pakistani and British governments for "their help and support."

Ziauddin, accompanied by Malala's 12-year-old brother, Khushal Khan, said that after the attack he was recommended to begin preparations for her funeral.

Malala arrived in Britain on Oct. 15.

How long Malala's family members will remain in Britain or whether they intend to seek asylum from Taliban threats is not yet known, according to the BBC.

Hospital authorities have said that the girl, who was shot in the head, is responding well to treatment but that her recovery will take time.

Last week the young girl received Pakistan's National Peace Award for her defense of human rights against Taliban threats in the Swat Valley. EFE