Doctors at Mount Sinai said Wednesday they expected a city police officer who was stabbed while on duty on Tuesday to make a complete recovery.
At a press conference, Officer Eder Loor's surgeon called him "the luckiest of the unlucky" and says his stabbing injury to the brain could have been much worse.
Loor, 28, was stabbed in the skull in East Harlem by an alleged emotionally disturbed man who now faces charges including attempted murder.
Doctors said the knife penetrated behind Loor's left eye into the brain and hit a major vein, but missed an artery that, if damaged, might have caused speech or motor problems.
The six-year veteran of the force underwent surgery Tuesday to relieve bleeding both inside and outside of his brain.
"He woke up right after the surgery, moving all four extremities, speaking normally, seeing normally, moving his eye normally. And his young age and incredible physical condition are gonna probably speed a very, very rapid recovery," said Mt. Sinai Neurosurgery Chair Dr. Joshua Bederson.
Doctors expect Loor will be able to go back to work in several months and his wife and sister say they think that's exactly what he will want to do.
"This is his passion, this is what he's lived for. He's a go-getter, he doesn't quit," said Loor's wife, Dina Loor.
"I'm pretty sure he's gonna go back and to keep doing what he knows how to do best: Help the people," said Loor's sister.
Police say Officer Loor and his partner were trying to take Terrence Hale, 26, to the hospital after his mother called 911 saying he was emotionally disturbed.
Police say when they approached Hale near the corner of 107th Street and Third Avenue, he pulled out a three-inch blade and stabbed Loor in the temple.
Loor's partner ran after Hale who was caught about a block away.
Hale's mother, who was too upset to talk on camera, said she is furious at police, saying EMTs should have been sent to deal with her son, not police officers.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Police Commissioner Kelly says handling mentally disturbed individuals is part of an officers' job.
"We handle about, close to 100,000 emotionally disturbed persons calls a year. And it puts officers at great risk," Kelly said.
The knife used in the attack was recovered at the scene.
Police say Hale was arrested twice over the last decade, once for robbery and once for assault with a knife.
He was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Metropolitan Hospital on Wednesday and if found competent would face charges of aggravated attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.