Salman Rushdie’s family break silence to give huge health update after stabbing

SALMAN Rushdie’s family have broken their silence after the author was brutally stabbed at an event in New York.

The 75-year-old’s son Zafar said his dad suffered “severe, life-changing” injuries, but “his usual feisty and defiant sense of humour remains intact”.

Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times in New York on Friday

Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times in New York on FridayCredit: PA
Hadi Matar, 24, was arrested and has been charged with attempted murder

Hadi Matar, 24, was arrested and has been charged with attempted murderCredit: AP

Rushdie was knifed up to 15 times on Friday in front of horrified onlookers in New York after suffering years of death threats over his novel The Satanic Verses.

The Indian-born writer was rushed to hospital and has now been taken off his ventilator and was able to say a few words.

His son Zafar today thanked the brave audience members who rushed to his aid as he shared an update on his dad’s health.

He said: “Following the attack on Friday, my father remains in critical condition in hospital receiving ongoing medical treatment.

“We are extremely relieved that yesterday he was taken off the ventilator and additional oxygen and he was able to say a few words.”

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