The Jerusalem Post

Bolsonaro, stabbed in 2018, may need emergency surgery

- • By RICARDO BRITO

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was transferre­d to a Sao Paulo hospital on Wednesday to undergo tests for an obstructed intestine, with the president’s office saying he could receive emergency surgery in his latest health complicati­on from a 2018 stabbing.

The Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo, where Bolsonaro, 66, was transferre­d, said late on Wednesday that the president would remain hospitaliz­ed “initially under conservati­ve management.”

His son Flavio, speaking to radio station Jovem Pan, said Bolsonaro had earlier in the day been moved to an intensive care unit in Brasilia and intubated.

“He ended up being intubated to keep him from breathing in liquid coming from his stomach,” Flavio Bolsonaro said in the interview.

The news of Bolsonaro’s hospitaliz­ation comes as the far-right leader is sinking in opinion polls due to his handling of the world’s second-deadliest coronaviru­s pandemic and a simmering corruption scandal over his government’s purchase of vaccines.

It also caps days of questions over his health due to a chronic case of hiccups, a stubborn cough following a 2020

COVID-19 infection, and a series of surgeries after the campaign-trail stabbing shortly before his 2018 election victory.

Shortly after news of his transfer to Sao Paulo, Bolsonaro posted on his Facebook page a photo of himself smiling with his eyes closed and lying in a hospital bed covered in sensors and cables. What appears to be a priest, with a golden crucifix, stood by his side, placing his hand on the president’s shoulder.

“I thank everyone for their support and prayers,” Bolsonaro said in the post.

Bolsonaro went to the military hospital in Brasilia early on Wednesday, with his office initially saying it was to undergo tests for chronic hiccups.

But later, the president’s office said Antonio Luiz Macedo, the surgeon who operated on Bolsonaro in 2018, had decided the president should go to Sao Paulo for additional tests to investigat­e an obstructed intestine, and possible emergency surgery.

Fabio Faria, Brazil’s communicat­ions minister, told a news conference that Bolsonaro had been sedated in the morning and would likely travel to the same hospital where he had previously been operated on by Macedo. He arrived at the Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo in the evening, television images showed.

 ?? (Adriano Machado/Reuters) ?? A PRESIDENTI­AL CONVOY with an ambulance transporti­ng Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro leaves the armed forces hospital in Brasilia on Wednesday.
(Adriano Machado/Reuters) A PRESIDENTI­AL CONVOY with an ambulance transporti­ng Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro leaves the armed forces hospital in Brasilia on Wednesday.

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