EAST HARLEM — The NYPD officer who miraculously survived being stabbed in the head by a mentally unstable man in East Harlem two weeks ago was released from Mount Sinai Hospital Wednesday--just in time to celebrate his daughter's fifth birthday.
Eder Loor, 28, acknowledged he hasn’t fully recovered from the harrowing April 17 attack, but said he’s grateful to still be alive.
“I’m not 100-percent normal, but I’m just happy that I’m alive,” said Loor, the six-inch scar clearly visible, with his doctor and pregnant wife, Dina, by his side.
Loor said he didn't have any specific plans to celebrate his release or his daughter's birthday.
“My wife said she doesn't even know what she's going to cook,” he said. “We’ll just go home and be together.”
Dina Loor fought back tears while expressing her gratitude.
“We just can’t thank God enough,” she said. ""It's a special day because he's coming out of the hospital and it's (our daughter's) birthday. That's all she wanted for her gift."
Dr. Joshua B. Bederson, the professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, who performed the operation, called it "a remarkable recovery."
"He's doing spectacularly well," Bederson said. "He seems to have all his physical functions back. He's very sharp mentally, and there are no speech problems."
Bederson said that while Loor still has persistent numbness on the side of his face, weakness and low energy, he went for a 1.5-mile walk in Central Park Monday and even jogged in the park yesterday.
"I don't know when he'll be running his next marathon, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did that one day," he said.
The alleged stabber Terrence Hale, 26, has been indicted on attempted murder charges.
Loor and his partner, Luckson Merisme, had responded to a call of a man "acting in erratic manner" just before noon April 17. But when the officers tried to take Hale to the hospital, he became confrontational and turned violence.
Loor, dressed Wednesday in a purple button-down shirt and charcoal-gray pants was wheeled out of the hospital by Merisme to the cheers of about 100 officers and dozens of hospital personnel.
Loor thanked his well-wishers and the doctors who saved his life.
"The doctors, nurses, everybody that helped me out, they were great," he said.