McCann has said he suffered a concussion, broken cheekbone, broken teeth, and a temporarily bruised spirit after New Haven attach.Wikimedia Commons

National Book Award winner Colum McCann, who was badly beaten in New Haven and hospitalized last Saturday, has spoken up about the attack.

He was on a busy street near the Yale University campus, trying to help a woman in a dispute with a man when the man struck him.

In a statement McCann said that he was cold clocked and suffered a concussion, a broken bone, broken teeth and was lucky an off-duty paramedic was present.

“It was a shocking, cowardly attack in broad daylight on a busy street.” I was trying to help someone out. I was cold-clocked without warning. I had a severe concussion, a broken cheekbone, some broken teeth and a spirit that has been temporarily bruised.

“But I am recovering quickly and I’ve been overwhelmed by the generous response from friends and strangers alike.

“Luckily there was an off-duty paramedic on the street and he came straight to my aid. The irony of it all was that I was at a conference on “empathy” at Yale University…" he said.

McCann said cops were close to an arrest in the case. “The police have not yet arrested the attacker but I they are very close to pressing charges.

“I suffered a few injuries but nothing that can’t be quickly healed. If anything I was shaken out of the ruts of my ordinary and I have been struck by the genuine caring nature of people asking me how they can help out.”

McCann is one of Ireland’s best-known authors and won the National Book Award in 2009 for “Let the Greet World Spin” an allegory about 9/11 that is being made into a Hollywood movie.

Watch McCann talk more about empathy and his project Narrative4: