Salman Rushdie ‘is on ventilator and may lose an eye’ after New York attack

Source: Metro

Sir Salman was stabbed at least once in the neck and once in the abdomen (Pictures: Reuters/AP)

Author Salman Rushdie may lose an eye and has suffered severed nerves and damage to his liver after he was stabbed on stage in New York, his agent has said.

The 75-year-old remains on a ventilator after being airlifted to hospital and undergoing hours of surgery following the attack on Friday.

Andrew Wylie, his book agent, said in a written statement: ‘The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.’

Sir Salman, whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was about to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution, in Chautauqua some 65 miles south-west of Buffalo, when the incident occurred.

He was stabbed at least once in the neck and once in the abdomen, according to police officials, before he was taken to hospital.

New York state police have named the suspected attacker as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, who was taken into custody following the incident.

Major Eugene Staniszweski said at a press conference held in Jamestown on Friday: ‘Earlier today at approximately 10.47am, guest speaker Salman Rushdie, aged 75, and Ralph Henry Reese, age 73, had just arrived on stage at the institution.

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