Sir Salman Rushdie suffered “life-changing” accidents when he was stabbed, however has been “capable of say just a few phrases” and retains his “normal feisty and defiant sense of humour”, his son has stated.
The 75-year-old creator was airlifted to hospital and underwent hours of surgical procedure following the attack on stage in Chautauqua, New York state, on Friday.
His son Zafar Rushdie stated Sir Salman remained in a “crucial situation” however was taken off a ventilator on Saturday.
“Although his life-changing accidents are extreme, his normal feisty and defiant sense of humour stays intact,” he stated in a press release.
Sir Salman was stabbed about 12 occasions, together with within the face and neck, the Chautauqua County District Legal professional’s Workplace stated.
One of many wounds within the facial space precipitated a puncture to his eye. One other, to the stomach, precipitated a puncture of the creator’s liver.
There have been additionally stab wounds to the stomach and chest space.
Full assertion from Zafar Rushdie
Following the assault on Friday, my father stays in crucial situation in hospital receiving in depth ongoing medical therapy.
We’re extraordinarily relieved that yesterday he was taken off the ventilator and extra oxygen and he was capable of say just a few phrases.
Although his life altering accidents are extreme, his normal feisty & defiant sense of humour stays intact.
We’re so grateful to all of the viewers members who bravely leapt to his defence and administered first support together with the police and docs who’ve cared for him and for the outpouring of affection and help from all over the world.
We ask for continued persistence and privateness because the household come collectively at his bedside to help and assist him by way of this time.
Earlier on Sunday, in an replace on his situation, his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed Sir Salman had been taken off the ventilator, saying: “The street to restoration has begun.
“It is going to be lengthy; the accidents are extreme, however his situation is headed in the suitable route.”
Talking in Chautauqua on Sunday, New York governor Kathy Holchul condemned the assault as “cowardly,” including: “A person with a knife can’t silence a person with a pen.”
On Saturday, the suspect pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
Hadi Matar, 24, appeared in court docket sporting a black and white jumpsuit and a white face masks, his palms cuffed in entrance of him.
Sir Salman, who lives in New York Metropolis and have become an American citizen in 2016, was as a result of converse to Henry Reese, from the Metropolis of Asylum organisation, a residency programme for writers dwelling in exile below risk of persecution.
They had been anticipated to debate America’s function as an asylum for writers and different artists in exile and as a house for freedom of inventive expression.
He was being launched on the Chautauqua Establishment when a person stormed the stage and commenced stabbing him.
He fell to the ground because the suspect was pinned down by viewers members and workers.
Ms Holchul, who met a few of them on Sunday, stated she may “nonetheless see the trauma and ache of their faces.
“They’re attempting to determine how one thing like this might occur,” she added.
The Satanic Verses
Sir Salman’s guide The Satanic Verses was banned in 1988 in a variety of international locations with giant Muslim populations, together with Iran, after it was thought of by some to comprise blasphemous passages.
In 1989, Iran’s then chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Sir Salman’s demise.
The creator lived in exile for years, however advised a German journal earlier this month he believed his life had returned to being “relatively normal”.