Salman Rushdie is on ventilator and may lose an eye after attack, agent says – latest updates

Rushdie on ventilator and may lose an eye, agent says

Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator, unable to speak, and may lose an eye, his agent told Reuters and the New York Times.

“The news is not good,” Andrew Wylie, Rushdie’s agent, said Friday evening. “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”

Updated at 19.36 EDT

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This article was written by Dani Anguiano (now) and Gloria Oladipo (earlier) and originally published on www.theguardian.com