Brazil’s Bolsonaro hospitalized with abdominal pain, floats possibility of surgery

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalized early Monday with abdominal pain from an apparent intestinal obstruction and later announced on social media that surgery could be necessary.

The abdominal discomfort was the latest health complication to afflict Bolsonaro since his near-fatal stabbing in 2018 while campaigning for the presidency. Since then, he has had four operations and spent five days in hospital with the same symptoms.

“I started to feel bad after breakfast on Sunday. “I arrived at the hospital around 3:00 a.m.,” he stated on social media .. “It’s the second hospitalization with the same symptoms, resulting from the stabbing and four large surgeries.”

Bolsonaro, who has been criticized in recent days for vacationing while floods devastated northeastern Brazil, cut short his trip to the southern shoreline when he started feeling ill. The doctor at Hospital Vila Nova Star, Sao Paulo assessed whether surgery was necessary. In a statement, the hospital stated that his condition was stable.

“Last time, he didn’t need surgery,” Antonio Luiz Macedo, the doctor treating Bolsonaro, told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo. “It’s not ruled out, but there is no way to say whether he’ll need to be operated on.”

Despite the gravity of the stabbing Bolsonaro suffered, which resulted in a significant loss of blood, the far-right nationalist has maintained an active lifestyle. Bolsonaro has been a leader in motorcycle rallies and rides on water scooters around the coast. Doctors, according to local media reports, have warned him against such activities.

The stabbing was perhaps the most volatile moment of the 2018 presidential electoral cycle, which also included the imprisonment of Bolsonaro’s greatest political rival, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Bolsonaro’s assailant, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, said he had been “chosen by God” to “save Brazil.” The stabbing led to a spike in popular support for Bolsonaro, a swell he rode to the presidential palace.

Officials have not yet given a timetable for when Bolsonaro might be releas

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