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Salman Rushdie Off Ventilator and Talking Following Stabbing in US

UPMC Hamot Surgery Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, Salman Rushdie is being treated.

UPMC Hamot Surgery Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, Salman Rushdie is being treated.

Photographer: Jorge Uzon/AFP/Getty Images

Sir Salman Rushdie has been taken off his ventilator and is talking as he recovers from being stabbed in the US.

British-American writer Aatish Taseer said, in a since-deleted tweet, that the 75-year-old was "off the ventilator and talking (and joking)", which was then confirmed by the author's agent Andrew Wylie.