A man began punching or stabbing Rushdie 10 to 15 times while he was being introduced

The author wrote the book The Satanic Verses which was viewed as blasphemous by many Muslims

In 1989, Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his death

"The news is not good," Andrew Wylie, his book agent, wrote in an email. "Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged."

Salman Rushdie on a ventilator after being punched, stabbed on stage before lecture in New York