For days, relatives, friends and much of Pakistan have been waiting for a sign that a 14-year-old blogger and activist will survive being shot in the neck by would-be assassins.
On Saturday, they finally got it.
"She moved her limbs today when doctors reduced sedation to make a clinical assessment," military spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa said.
Malala Yousufzai remains under the close watch of doctors at a Rawalpindi hospital, as she fights to recover from her attempted assassination on Tuesday. Bajwa said Friday that "the next 36 to 48 hours are important" in deciding whether she makes it through, or not.
Even with the progress, the girl still has a long road ahead. She remained unconscious and on a ventilator Saturday.
Young Malala had become a Pakistani and international icon for her efforts defending the right of girls to go to school where she lives, the Taliban-heavy Swat Valley.
She was riding home in a school van this week in the tense region, which rests along the Afghan border, when gunmen jumped into the vehicle and demanded to know which girl she was. Her horrified classmates pointed to her, and the men fired. Two other girls were wounded, but not seriously.
Since then, supporters have gathered around the country for small vigils to pray for her recovery. Government officials in Peshawar, the main city in the northwestern region where Malala is from, were silent for one minute in her honor.
An international team of neurological specialists said her condition was stable Friday, but they were monitoring her closely. Her family waits, and hopes, yet they are afraid to give away where they are exactly. They're terrified that Taliban who would gun down a teenager wouldn't hesitate to come after them.