Indian-born author Salman Rushdi was moved off ventilator, and talked a day after the horrific attack on the stage.
He was put on ventilator yesterday, according to the author’s agent Andrew Wylie said in a statement.
Wylie said: “The news is not good” after Rushdi was stabbed while lecturing on the stage in New York.
“Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” the agent added.
Regarding the incidents of the attack, New York State Police revealed that the suspect climbed into the stage, and stabbed Rushdi.
Bradley Fisher who was among the audience told DW: “A man jumped up on the stage from I don’t know where and started what looked like beating him on the chest, repeated fist strokes into his chest and neck,” adding: “People were screaming and crying out and gasping.”
The attacker stabbed the author at least once in the neck, and in the abdomen, therefore, he was moved immediately to the hospital by helicopter.
In addition, he attacked the interviewer on the stage, Henry Reese, who suffered from minor injuries and was taken to a local medical facility.
Police managed to detain a suspect named Hadi Matar; however, no charges were confirmed by the authorities as the investigation is still ongoing.
An eyewitness, Lina Abrams, told The New York Times that the suspect continued his attack after he was caught by the forces.
She described: “It took like five men to pull him away and he was still stabbing,” Ms Abrams said. “He was just furious, furious. Like intensely strong and just fast.”
It is worth noting that the late Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 justifying murdering of Rushdie because of his novel “The Satanic Verses.”