Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old girl who just a few days ago had a titanium plate put in her skull as a result of being shot by the Taliban back in October, has released her first video statement — which was recorded on January 22 — via a PR firm a mere couple of hours after Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital announced that her surgery had been a success.

"Today you can see that I am alive," Yousufzai says in the video, the only signs of her trauma being a slight stiffness on the left side of her face.

She goes on to thank her supporters and reaffirm her commitment to the fight for girls' education:

"It's just because of the prayers of people. Because all people — men, women, children — all of them have prayed for me. And because of all these prayers God has given me this new life, a second life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organized the Malala Fund."

The Malala Fund, set up in late 2012 with the help of a $10 million donation from Pakistan, will help serve Yousufzai's causes — the same causes that upsettingly made her a target for the Taliban in the first place. If you've been looking for the embodiment of bravery, perseverance and heroism, you can stop now because here she is.

Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban Appears on Video [AP]