SIR Salman Rushdie has expressed his gratitude to medics in his first interview since he was repeatedly stabbed.
The Indian-born British author, 75, suffered severe injuries and lost sight in one eye.
He had been about to deliver a lecture at an event in New York when the attacker struck last year.
Sir Salman said: “I’m lucky. What I really want to say is my main overwhelming feeling is gratitude.
“At some point, I’d like to go back up there and say thank you.”
He also thanked his sons and wife who “had the emotional burden of my almost being killed”.
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In an interview with The New Yorker magazine, he said that he is “not so bad” and that “all the big injuries are healed, essentially”.
But he struggles to type due to hand injuries.
And the author of The Satanic Verses — his 1988 novel that led to death threats from Muslims who consider it blasphemous — said: “There is such a thing as PTSD.
"I’ve found it very, very difficult to write.
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