An NYPD officer stabbed in the head and slashed in the neck and face while responding to a 911 call is recuperating from surgery and "has a shot at a full recovery," his doctor said Wednesday.
Officer Eder Loor, 28, was stabbed through the skull with a 3.5-inch blade and had bleeding on the brain when he arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
Dr. Joshua Bederson, professor and chair of neurosurgery at the hospital, said Loor would be uncomfortable for a while and would have low energy, but said "my guess is that within a month he'll be bugging me about getting back to work."
Bederson said Loor is speaking, seeing and moving normally. He is suffering from some numbness in his face, but it's unclear whether there is nerve damage, or just bruising.
Overall, he said, Loor is "as lucky as you get." The knife, he said, went deep into Loor's temporal lobe and nicked an artery that, if it had been cut, likely would have killed him.
Loor's wife, Dina, said her husband loves his job and will surely want to return to it.
"This is his passion, this is what he's lived for ... he doesn't quit ... he wants more and more in life," she said.
Loor had been responding to a 911 call by the suspect's mother, who had called police saying her son needed to go to the hospital because he was "acting in an erratic manner."
The suspect, Terrence Hale, has several previous arrests, one for assault with a knife, officials said. A law enforcement official said police have been called several times to the home where he lives with his mother.
The officers were escorting him out of the apartment building when he suddenly produced a knife and began stabbing Loor. He fled but was caught two blocks away.
He was undergoing a psych evaluation at Metropolitan Hospital. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.
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