"My two other friends," she said, "they were also shot in their shoulders. ... That was a really sad news for me, because if I was shot, that was fine for me. But I was then feeling guilty that why they have been the target. So it was really sad for me to hear."
The next time she saw the light of day, she would be lying thousands of miles away, in a British hospital.
The world knows 'Malala'
"I didn't know that -- that the whole world was praying for me, and are still praying for me," Malala told Amanpour. "Not only the people of Pakistan, not only Muslims, not only Pashtuns, but everyone prayed for me."
Not only are there prayers, but celebrities from Madonna to Angelina Jolie, leaders from Gordon Brown to Queen Elizabeth II have offered public and emphatic support.
The Queen, in fact, has extended an invitation to Malala and her father for a royal visit.
Of course she will go, Malala joked, "because it's the order of the queen -- it's the command."
"When people write on Twitter, 'we support Malala,' it does not only mean" they are just supporting Malala, the person, she said. "They're also supporting my cause. It means that the whole world is taking an action for girls' education, for the education of every child."
"In Swat, before the terrorism, we were going to school," Malala told Amanpour. "It was just a normal life and carrying a heavy bag and doing homework daily and being good and getting high marks."
Why are we going to school, she and her friends asked themselves.
"When the terrorists came, when they stopped us from going to school, I got the evidence," she said. "And they showed me a proof that, yes, the terrorists are afraid of education. They are afraid of the power of education."
That power has sustained her through life under unimaginably harsh conditions, through an assassination attempt, through the alien world of book junkets and shouting reporters and flashing cameras.
"They did a mistake, the biggest mistake. They ensured me, and they told me, through their attack, that even death is supporting me, that even death does not want to kill me."
"The thing is, they can kill me. They can only kill Malala. But it does not mean that they can kill my cause, as well; my cause of education, my cause of peace, and my cause of human rights. My cause of equality will still be surviving. They cannot kill my cause."
"They only can shoot a body," she said, "but they cannot shoot my dreams."