The NYPD police officer who was stabbed in the temple with a switch blade in East Harlem was released from the hospital on Wednesday — facing a long road to recovery but saying he was "just happy to be alive."
Officer Eder Loor, 28, was released from Mt. Sinai Hospital Wednesday — a little more than two weeks after he was stabbed in the head by an emotionally disturbed man when responding to a 911 call in East Harlem. He still suffers from sensory nerve damage, doctors said.
"I'm just happy I'm alive," he said, sitting alongside his pregnant wife during a press conference at Mt. Sinai on Wednesday. "I'm not 100 percent normal no more, but I'm just happy I'm alive."
His tearful wife, Dina, said she thanked for a "second chance" in life.
Loor, whose daughter turns 5 today, said he was unsure when or if he'd go back to work. He is and will continue to undergo rehabilitation, doctors said.
His surgeon, Dr. Joshua Bederson, said the officer's progress has been "amazing."
"His spirits are good, his strength is there. ... He's got a great family support and enormous support of the police department."
On April 17, the suspect plunged the three-inch blade into the officer's head, penetrating the skull and causing bleeding of the brain.
Loor and his partner were responding to a 911 call from the suspect’s mother saying her son needed to go to the hospital after he was acting in an “erratic” manner.
Loor's partner chased down the suspect and he was arrested.
Loor joined the NYPD six years ago and has worked in 23rd precinct.
Brian Zumhagen contributed reporting