by Ricardo Brito
BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Jair Bolsonaro will be taken to São Paulo to undergo tests that will determine whether emergency surgery will be needed to unclog his bowel, the Secretariat for Social Communication of the Presidency of the Republic (Secom) said in a statement on Wednesday -fair.
Bolsonaro was admitted to the Armed Forces Hospital (HFA) in Brasília at dawn, with severe abdominal pain. In a statement this morning, Secom said that the hospitalization was under the guidance of its medical team to determine the origin of the recurring hiccups that has been hitting the president.
The decision to take Bolsonaro to São Paulo was taken by surgeon Antonio Macedo, who operated on Bolsonaro a few times after the emergency surgery he underwent at Santa Casa de Juiz de Fora (MG) right after being stabbed during an event at the 2018 election campaign.
“After examinations performed at the HFA, in Brasília, dr. Macedo, the doctor responsible for surgeries on the abdomen of the President of the Republic, resulting from the knife attack in 2018, found an intestinal obstruction and decided to take him to São Paulo, where he will undergo additional tests to define the need, or not, for surgery emergency,” said the Secom statement.
Shortly before the release of the note, the minister of Communications, Fábio Faria, and the minister of the Civil House, Luiz Ramos, said that Bolsonaro was doing well and that they were awaiting the results of the tests he underwent at the HFA.
Since the knife attack in 2018, Bolsonaro has undergone some surgeries in the abdominal region, including to repair a hernia at the site.
In recent days, Bolsonaro has had frequent hiccups, including in his daily speeches to supporters, at public events and, last week, in his live broadcast every Thursday on social media.
Last week, in an interview with Guaíba radio, Bolsonaro said that he had been hiccuping for a few days after undergoing a dental procedure. “I’ve been hiccuping for five days. I had dental implant surgery on Saturday. Maybe because of the medication I’m taking, I’m having hiccups 24 hours a day,” he said.
Since then, the president has suffered from hiccups at virtually every public appearance and has complained repeatedly about the problem.
Bolsonaro has also referred to stomach problems and said that, in these cases, he takes Coca-Cola. “I’ll open the game. Tomorrow I will even be criticized. When I have stomach problems, does anyone know what I take? Coke. And I get good. It’s my problem. The stomach is mine. Maybe my corroded stomach saved me from Adélio’s stab,” the president said in his weekly broadcast on social media in May, referring to Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, author of the stab against Bolsonaro in 2018.
Bolsonaro turned 66 in March and had Covid-19 last year. Despite the surgeries and hospitalizations caused by the attack he suffered, the president appears to be in good health.
Because of Bolsonaro’s hospitalization, a meeting scheduled for this Wednesday between him and the heads of the other Powers to discuss national stability was canceled after Bolsonaro threatened not to accept the result of the 2022 elections if the printed vote was not implemented.
“The meeting will be rescheduled in due course”, informed the press office of the president of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Luiz Fux, in a note in which he informed the cancellation.
(Additional reporting by Pedro Fonseca, in Rio de Janeiro, and Eduardo Simões, in São Paulo)
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