A New York City police officer stabbed in the temple with a switchblade that pierced his brain, a wound that nearly took his life, is expected to make a full recovery, doctors said Wednesday.
Officer Eder Loor was injured a day earlier while answering a call about an emotionally disturbed person in East Harlem. When police arrived, the woman who'd called 911 told them her son needed to be hospitalized, and when officers found him, he attacked, police said. Loor was stabbed, and the man fled but was arrested a block or two away.
Loor was nearly killed, said Dr. Joshua Bederson, chairman of neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. The knife passed behind his eye and into his brain. But doctors were able to remove a blood clot in emergency surgery.
After, Loor was able to move his arms and legs and speak normally.
"He's the luckiest unlucky man," Bederson said.
His wife, Dina, said his colleagues told her that he pulled the knife out of his own skull and someone on the street gave him a towel to stop the bleeding.
The suspect, Terrance Hale, was being held on charges of attempted aggravated murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
He was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
Loor, 28, has been a member of the force since 2006 and is also a member of the Air Force National Guard.