Salman Rushdie Taken Off Ventilator, is Speaking and ‘Joking’


Salman Rushdie survived the attack on Friday with serious injuries. He was taken off a ventilator and began breathing by himself on Sunday. 

On Twitter Sunday, Rushdie’s son, Zafar, broke his public silence on his father’s brutal attack.

“My father remains in critical condition in hospital receiving extensive ongoing medical treatment. We are extremely relieved that yesterday he was taken off the ventilator and [with] additional oxygen and he was able to say a few words. Though his life changing injuries are severe, his usual feisty & defiant sense of humour remains intact.”

Zafar went on to thank doctors, police, first responders and bystanders for rushing to his father’s aid.

This comes after “The Satanic Verses”Author was set to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute on Friday when Hadi Matar, 24, rushed onto the stage and repeatedly stabbed him.  The 75-year-old author will soon lose an eye, according to doctors. He also sustained a damaged liver and several stab wounds to the stomach. His arm was also severed.

Madi pleaded guilty at Saturday’s arraignment to second-degree attempted killing and second-degree assault with the intent to cause bodily injury with a deadly instrument. He was refused bail.

Officials are investigating whether Rushdie was motivated by the fatwa that Ayatollah Khomeini, a decades-old fatwa, placed on him for his writings. This fatwa, considered controversial by many in the Muslim World, is still being investigated. There has been a $3 million bounty on Rushdie’s head since the 1980s.

CNN Madi was informed by Nathaniel Barone, his attorney.

Madi’s next court appearance is on Friday.