Salman Rushdie loses sight, mobility


The author of the Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie has lost sight in one eye, and mobility in one hand after he was brutally stabbed while giving a lecture in New York, his agent has revealed.

Salman Rushdie, 75, was stabbed multiple times as he took to the stage to give a talk on artistic freedom at the Chautauqua Institute on August 12.
He had undergone emergency surgery after suffering stab wounds to the neck and stomach, puncture wounds to his right eye and chest, and a laceration on his right thigh.
The attacker, Hadi Matar, 24, said in a jailhouse interview that he was ‘surprised’ the author had lived.
Salman Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie has revealed for the first time just how serious Mr Rushdie’s injuries are in an interview with Spanish newspaper El País.
‘His wounds were deep. He lost sight in one eye. He suffered three serious neck injuries and lost mobility in one hand because the nerves were cut by the stab wounds,’ Mr Wylie said.
‘And he suffered another 15 injuries to his chest and torso. So it was a brutal attack.’
The agent declined to comment on whether his client was still in hospital but added: ‘Rushdie will survive.’


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