Salman Rushdie’s family relieved, they are off ventilator: Son

Salman Rushdie’s family relieved, they are off ventilator: Son

Salman Rushdie said on Sunday that Salman Rushdie has retained his “eclectic sense of humour”. (file)


His son said on Sunday that Salman Rushdie’s family is “extremely relieved” he has been taken off a ventilator after he was stabbed, and the British author has retained his “fiery sense of humour”.

His son Zafar tweeted, “We are extremely relieved that yesterday he was weaned off ventilator and extra oxygen and was able to say a few words.”

Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wyllie said earlier on Sunday that Rushdie was on a “road to recovery” two days after he was stabbed multiple times in a shock attack at a literary event in New York state.

Zafar said that despite the promising news, his father’s injuries were “life-changing” and “serious” and his condition remains critical.

But “his general spirited and defiant sense of humor remains intact,” he said.

Zafar thanked the audience members who “bravely leaped to their defense” and for “the shower of love and support from around the world”.

The agent previously said that Rushdie might lose an eye; He also suffered a stomach injury.

The author spent years under police protection after Iranian leaders called for his assassination over his portrayal of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed in his novel “The Satanic Verses.”

He was about to address an event in western New York State when a man reached the stage and repeatedly hit him in the neck and abdomen.

The suspected attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar, was slammed to the ground by staff and other members of the audience before being taken into police custody.

He was produced in court on Saturday and pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempt to murder.

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