The attack shocked the West. Stabbed last August in the United States, the American-British writer Salman Rushdie has since lost the sight of one eye and the use of one hand, among other serious consequences, his agent told the Spanish daily. El País in an interview published on Saturday.
“He lost sight in one eye… He had three serious neck injuries. He is disabled in one hand because the nerves in his arm have been severed. And he has about 15 other chest and torso injuries,” Andrew Wylie said. “His wounds were very deep (…) It was a brutal attack” but “he will live”, he added, thus detailing for the first time the state of health of the writer for several weeks , without indicating whether he is still in the hospital.
Stabbed in the neck and abdomen
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 the abdomen. Evacuated by helicopter to a hospital, the author of the satanic verses had to be put on a ventilator briefly before his condition improved.
The main suspect, Hadi Matar, an American of Lebanese origin then aged 24, was arrested immediately after the incident and pleaded not guilty during his trial which opened in mid-August in a court in Mayville, in the New York State.