Interestingly enough that important tid-bit is buried in the story……
Hero cop released from hospital after cleaver attack
The off-duty NYPD detective who was hacked in the head by a cleaver-swinging maniac outside Penn Station received a hero’s salute from his fellow officers Friday as he was wheeled out of the hospital.
Detective Brian O’Donnell wore his new badge of honor with stoic grace: a massive scar stretching forehead-to-chin down the left side of his face.
The gash, which required 70 stitches to close, caused nerve damage, sources told The Post.
O’Donnell will be back in the hospital in about a week to be re-evaluated for nerve repair treatment, one source said.
“He will probably be scarred for life,” the source said.
Meanwhile, disturbing details emerged painting the alleged attacker as an unhinged, knife-loving homeless man with 15 prior arrests, and whom the United States was trying to deport.
Akram Joudeh, 32, is a Palestinian with a Jordanian passport who lived in his Nissan Altima and has at least three arrests involving knives, sources told The Post.