Brazil President Bolsonaro Is Hospitalized and Faces Possible Surgery

RIO DE JANEIRO — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil confronted doable emergency surgical procedure for an intestinal obstruction after docs on Wednesday ordered that he be flown to a hospital in São Paulo for analysis, the federal government mentioned.

The obstruction is expounded to a stabbing harm Mr. Bolsonaro suffered in 2018 as he campaigned for president. He had complained in current days a couple of persistent bout of hiccups, which had lasted greater than 10 days, however it was unclear whether or not that was associated.

Mr. Bolsonaro was taken to a navy hospital in Brasília, the capital, early on Wednesday after waking up with a extreme abdomen ache, aides mentioned. The physician who oversaw the surgical procedures after the 2018 stabbing decided that Mr. Bolsonaro ought to journey to São Paulo for extra exams.

Based on the end result of these exams, the president would possibly bear “an emergency surgery,” his workplace mentioned in an announcement.

An ambulance transporting Mr. Bolsonaro to the navy air base in Brasilia, the place he was to be flown to a hospital in São Paulo.Credit…Joedson Alves/EPA, by way of Shutterstock

Mr. Bolsonaro posted a photograph of himself on Instagram through which he will be seen mendacity shirtless on a hospital mattress with a nasal tube and an IV in his arm.

“One more challenge resulting from an assassination attempt,” the caption within the picture says. “It was a cruel attack not just against me but against our democracy.”

In current interviews and public appearances Mr. Bolsonaro, 66, has seemed and sounded unwell.

“I apologize to all the people who are listening, because I’ve had the hiccups for five days,” the president mentioned in a radio interview final week. He mentioned on the time that current dental surgical procedure had most likely brought about the hiccups. “Perhaps as a result of the drugs I’m taking, I’ve had hiccups 24 hours a day,” he added.

The 2018 stabbing, which severely injured Mr. Bolsonaro’s intestines, required a number of surgical procedures and a prolonged restoration that successfully knocked him off the marketing campaign path within the last stretch. Mr. Bolsonaro nonetheless pulled off a decisive victory. The president has urged — with out proof — that political rivals masterminded the assault.

A decide in 2019 discovered that the assailant was mentally in poor health and as such couldn’t be convicted of against the law. The decide ordered that the assailant, Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, be held at a psychological well being ward within the jail system till public security officers decide he not poses a risk.

Mr. Bolsonaro’s newest well being troubles come as his recognition has declined amid overlapping scandals and crises stemming from the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers and prosecutors are investigating allegations that senior officers on the well being ministry sought kickbacks earlier this yr as they negotiated the acquisition of Covid-19 vaccines.