New York governor Hochul says Rushdie still alive

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has confirmed that Salman Rushdie, the author of Satanic Verses, is still alive after being stabbed in the neck.

She disclosed this at a news conference on Friday.

Rushdie was stabbed in the neck at a literary event in upstate New York Friday. An assailant stormed the stage soon after his introduction.

The man proceeded to stab Rushdie, who was scheduled to talk at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., some 75 miles south of Buffalo.

But Hochu said Rushdie was getting the care he needed after being taken to hospital.

A doctor who was at the Chautauqua Institution event told the New York Times that she helped treat Rushdie after the stabbing.

Rita Landman told the Times that Rushdie had suffered from several stab wounds, including one to the right side of his neck.

She added that a pool of blood had formed under his body on stage. Rushdie was not receiving CPR at the time and appeared to be alive.

“People were saying, ‘He has a pulse, he has a pulse he has a pulse,'” she said.

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