Author Salman Rushdie ‘Will Likely Lose One Eye’ as He’s Put on Ventilator After Being Attacked and Stabbed on Stage During Literary Festival in New York

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Salman Rushdie is facing a grim recovery.

The renowned author, 75, has been placed on a ventilator and cannot speak, his literary agent Andrew Wylie told The New York Times in an update on his condition after he was attacked and stabbed on stage Friday during a literary festival at New York’s Chautauqua Institution.

“The news is not good,” said Wiley. “Salman will likely lose one eye, the nerves in his arm were severed, and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”

A rep for Rushdie did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Rushdie was stabbed “at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen,” New York State Police said in a news conference, after a man, later identified by police as 24-year-old Hadi Matar, rushed the lecture stage and attacked the Satanic Verses author and Ralph Henry Reese, who sustained a minor head injury. Rushdie was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Glenn Garner