British writer Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed in the United States in August, lost the sight in one eye and the use of an arm, among other serious consequences, his agent told the Spanish daily El Pais.
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“He lost sight in one eye… He had three serious neck injuries. One arm is crippled due to severed nerves in the hand. And he has about 15 chest and torso injuries,” Andrew Wylie told El Bais in an interview published over the weekend.
“His wounds are very deep (…) it was a brutal attack,” but “he will live,” he added, describing the writer’s condition for the first time in weeks. Still in the hospital.
On August 12, Salman Rushdie was about to speak at a conference in upstate New York when a man burst onto the stage and stabbed him multiple times, including in the neck and stomach.
Airlifted to hospital by helicopter, the “Satanic Verses” writer had to be put on a ventilator for a while before his condition improved.
The main suspect, Hadi Mater, a 24-year-old Lebanese-American, was arrested immediately after the incident and pleaded not guilty during a trial that began in mid-August in a court in Mayville, New York state.
The attack shocked the West but was praised by extremists in Muslim countries such as Iran and Pakistan. 33 years followed by a fatwa from Iran’s Supreme Guide sentencing the writer to death.
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