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Salman Rushdie health update as author is left blind in one eye after stabbing

SALMAN Rushdie has been left blind in one eye and can only use one hand, according to a health update.

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

Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times during an event in New York earlier this year

Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times during an event in New York earlier this yearCredit: AP
The British-Indian writer is blind in one eye and can only use one hand, according to his agent

The British-Indian writer is blind in one eye and can only use one hand, according to his agentCredit: Reuters
Rushdie's accused attacker Hadi Matar is said to be 'surprised' that the 75-year-old survived

Rushdie’s accused attacker Hadi Matar is said to be ‘surprised’ that the 75-year-old survivedCredit: AP

The Indian-born writer underwent emergency surgery after being stabbed in the neck and stomach and suffered puncture wounds to his right eye and chest and a deep cut in his right thigh.

His accused attacker Hadi Matar, 24, was arrested at the scene and is said to be “surprised” the 75-year-old lived.

Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wylie revealed the author’s harrowing injuries for the first time in an interview with Spanish newspaper, El Pais.

Wylie said the writing legend suffered “deep” wounds and lost sight in one eye.

“He suffered three serious neck injuries and lost mobility in one hand because the nerves were cut by the stab wounds,” Wylie explained.

“And he suffered another 15 injuries to his chest and torso. So it was a brutal attack.”

Wylie refused to say whether Rushdie was still in hospital but said his client “will survive”.

With Iran ordering a death warrant – also known as a fatwa – on Rushdie, the threat of assassination was never far from the pair’s minds, Wylie said.

He said: “The principal danger that he faced so many years after the fatwa was imposed is from a random person coming out of nowhere and attacking [him].

“So, you can’t protect against that because it’s totally unexpected and illogical. It was like John Lennon[‘s murder].”

Rushdie was being introduced to give a talk to an audience of hundreds on artistic freedom when a man rushed to the stage and lunged at the novelist, who has lived with a bounty on his head since the late 1980s.

Horrified attendees rushed to his aid with pictures from the scene showing Rushdie lying on the stage as a crowd surrounded him.

Blood could be seen splattered across a screen in the lecture theatre and a chair Rushdie was sitting on.

Iran’s dictatorship has celebrated the horror attack – branding Rushdie an “apostate” and “heretic” as they praised his attacker for “tearing neck of the enemy of God with a knife”.

More than 30 years ago, the regime called for Rushdie to be murdered – forcing him into hiding.

Rushdie, who was born into a Muslim Kashmiri family in Bombay, now Mumbai, before moving to the UK, has long faced death threats for his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses.

It was banned in many countries with large Muslim populations upon its 1988 publication.

Rushdie underwent emergency surgery after being stabbed in his face, chest and neck

Rushdie underwent emergency surgery after being stabbed in his face, chest and neckCredit: AP