Rushdie, 75, was taken off the ventilator on Saturday and could talk after being stabbed on stage at a literary event in New York state on Friday.
His son, Zafar Rushdie, said Sunday that the family was “extremely relieved” that the best-selling author had been weaned off a ventilator and extra oxygen on Saturday and was able to say a few words.
“Since Friday’s attack, the condition of my father remains critical, who is undergoing extensive medical treatment,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“While his life-changing injuries are serious, his general enthusiasm and defiant sense of humour, remain intact,” he added.
The family expressed gratitude to members of the audience, who bravely jumped to the rescue and provided first aid after Rushdie was stabbed multiple times at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York.
The family thanked the police and doctors for their care. He also expressed his gratitude for “the shower of love and support from all over the world”.
“We ask for continued patience and privacy as the family comes together at his bedside to support and help him through this time,” the statement said.
Earlier, Rushdie’s ex-wife and famous TV personality Lakshmi said in a tweet: “Relieved @SalmanRushdie is going through the nightmare of Friday. Worried and wordless, may eventually exhale. Hoping for a speedy recovery now.”
Rushdie and Chennai-born Lakshmi married in 2004 and divorced in 2007. 51-year-old Lakshmi, herself a writer and host of the hit Pak TV show TopChef, was Rushdie’s fourth wife.
The New York Times reported that Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, said, “The road to recovery has begun. It will be a long time; the injuries are serious, but his condition is heading in the right direction.”
Rushdie, who faced Islamic death threats Years after writing “The Satanic Verses,” 24-year-old New Jersey resident Hadi Matar was stabbed on stage Friday by a Lebanese-American citizen while she was being presented at a literary event in Chautauqua. Institute in Western New York.
Rushdie was put on a ventilator after being stabbed by Peas.
Earlier on Saturday, Matar pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempt to murder and assault upon a brief court appearance, where he was denied bail.
Pea was charged with attempted murder and assault by stabbing Rushdie and did not plead his guilt. He made his court appearance, wearing a black and white striped jumpsuit and handcuffs.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt provided details of Rushdie’s injuries in court during Peas’ appearance on Saturday.
According to the county prosecutor, the author’s injuries included three stab wounds to the front right side of his neck, four stab wounds to his abdomen, a puncture wound to his right eye and chest, and a wound to his right thigh.
“It was a targeted, unprovoked, premeditated attack on Mr. Rushdie,” alleged Schmidt.
Schmidt said Pears could face up to 32 years in prison if convicted of both charges.
Rushdie remained in hiding and under police protection for years after the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his death in retaliation for his book The Satanic Verses in 1989.
Rushdie, the author of 14 novels, was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.