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Rushdie lost sight in one eye, use of hand in attack: Agent

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Madrid (AFP) – Author Salman Rushdie lost sight in one eye and was left “incapable” in one hand after being stabbed in the United States in August, his agent said in an interview published over the weekend.

The 75-year-old writer, who had received several death threats after the publication of his “Satanic Verses”, was stabbed several times in the neck and abdomen before giving a lecture in New York State.

Rushdie was then airlifted to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery, but his condition improved in the weeks that followed.

“He lost sight in one eye… He had three serious neck injuries. One hand is incapacitated because the nerves in his arm were severed. And he has around 15 other injuries to his chest and chest,” Andrew Wylie said. The Spanish daily El Pais, providing an update on Rushdie’s health.

The wounds “were deep…it was a brutal attack,” added Wylie.

He gave no information on the writer’s whereabouts, or whether he was still in hospital, but said, “He’s going to live.”

The British author had lived in hiding for years after Iran’s first supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, ordered his assassination for what he considered the blasphemous nature of the “Satanic Verses”.

The prime suspect, Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old New Jersey man from Lebanon, was arrested immediately after Rushdie’s attack and he later pleaded not guilty at a hearing in New York State in mid- august.

The attack sparked outrage in the West but was welcomed by extremists in Muslim countries like Iran and Pakistan.