AUTHOR Salman Rushdie is suffering from severed nerves and a damaged liver after he was stabbed on stage during a lecture Friday. I just saw blood all around his eyes and running down his cheek," a witness told NYT. “Salman Rushdie had just come out and there was a huge round of applause. A witness told The Daily Beast that her husband saw Rushdie “able to walk with assistance” after the ambush. “Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades but has never flinched nor faltered."