Attacked writer Salman Rushdie may lose an eye. He is on a ventilator and cannot speak, The New York Times reported, citing his agent Andrew Wylie.

Rushdie was attacked on Friday in New York before his speech at an institute.

The suspect was arrested.

The police informed that Rushdie was in the operating room, and he sustained at least two stab wounds in the neck and stomach.

"Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged," his agent informed.

Salman Rushdie spent years in hiding after the leadership of Iran called for his death following the publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses.” But in recent years, he re-entered society, regularly appearing in public around New York City—and without evident security.