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Salman Rushdie has lost use of an eye fixed and a hand after attack, agent says

Salman Rushdie’s agent says the creator has lost sight in a single eye and the usage of a hand, as he recovers from an attack from a person who rushed the stage at an August literary event in western Recent York, in response to a printed report.

Literary agent Andrew Wylie tells the Spanish language newspaper El Pais that Rushdie suffered three serious wounds to his neck and 15 more wounds to his chest and torso within the attack that took away sight in an eye fixed and left a hand incapacitated.

Rushdie, 75, spent years in hiding, after Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a 1989 edict, a fatwa, calling for his death after publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses,” which some Muslims consider blasphemous. Over the past twenty years, Rushdie has traveled freely.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, Recent Jersey, was incarcerated after pleading not guilty to attempted murder and assault within the August 12 attack on Rushdie, as he was being introduced on the Chautauqua Institution, a rurally positioned center, 55 miles southwest of Buffalo, that is understood for its summertime lecture series.

After the attack, Rushdie was treated at a Pennsylvania hospital, where he was briefly placed on a ventilator to get better from what Wylie tells El Pais was a “brutal attack” that cut the nerves to 1 arm.

Wylie tells the newspaper he cannot not say whether Rushdie remained in a hospital or discuss his whereabouts.

“He’s going to live… That’s the essential thing,” Wylie says.


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