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Salman Rushdie off ventilator, fellow author says

New York, Aug 14 (UNI) Novelist Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed at a literary festival in New York, is now off the ventilator and is able to talk, according to fellow author Aatish Ali Taseer.
"Just had the most thrilling news: 'Salman is off the ventilator and talking (and joking)...,'" Taseer, a British-American writer and journalist, said on social media on Saturday night.
On Friday, Rushdie, 75, was about to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, when he was suddenly stabbed twice by 24-year-old Hadi Matar, of New Jersey. Rushdie's literary agent Andrew Wylie told media outlets that the author was hospitalized and on a ventilator, unable to speak. Wylie said Rushdie was likely to lose one eye and also suffered damage to his liver and the nerves in one of his arms were severed. The acclaimed novelist has already undergone some surgery.
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