Author Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator and 'will likely lose one eye,' agent says

Salman Rushdie
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Author Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator after being stabbed Friday as he took the stage to give a lecture at New York's Chautauqua Institution. The attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, was taken into custody.

Police said in a statement that Rushdie "suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital." Andrew Wylie, Rushdie's agent, provided additional detail, explaining that Rushdie was placed on a ventilator and "will likely to lose one eye." Wylie added that "the nerves in [Rushdie's] arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged."

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