Posted on August 15, 2022 at 7:02 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Salman Rushdie is off a ventilator and expected to recover from a stabbing, according to his agent and his son.

Rushdie was attacked on stage Friday, before he was scheduled to give a lecture in western New York.

The Associated Press reports that the writer remains in critical condition, with damage to his liver, severed nerves in an arm, and an eye that he is likely to lose.

However, in a family statement expressing gratitude for the defense and support Rushdie received, his son said Rushdie's "usual feisty & defiant sense of humour remains intact."

Hadi Matar has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges.

Rushdie is known for Midnight's ChildrenQuichotte, and The Satanic Verses, the latter of which was viewed as blasphemous by some Muslims.

It was also the impetus for Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a formal edict seeking Rushdie's death.

The author spent years in hiding and has received death threats for decades, leading some to question the security at Friday's events.

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