Brazilian Bolsonaro may need surgery after 10 days of hiccups | Health Info
The Brazilian president’s office has said Jair Bolsonaro is suffering from an intestinal blockage and may need emergency surgery.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been transferred to a Sao Paulo hospital for tests on a potentially obstructed bowel, his office said on Wednesday, after the far-right leader endured a 10-day period of chronic hiccups.
The 66-year-old had publicly complained of hiccups after surgery to a dental implant on July 3.
Sao Paulo’s Vila Nova Star Hospital, where Bolsonaro is now hospitalized, said on Wednesday evening that the president would remain in the hospital “initially under conservative management” following reports he would need surgery emergency.
Communications Minister Fabio Faria said the president’s schedule would be allowed for 48 hours.
Bolsonaro’s son Flavio, speaking to Jovem Pan radio station, said earlier today his father was transferred to an intensive care unit in Brasilia and intubated.
“He ended up being intubated to prevent him from breathing fluid from his stomach,” Flavio Bolsonaro said in the interview.
The president’s office said he was taken to a military hospital in the capital Brasilia “to undergo tests and investigate the cause of the hiccups.”
“This comes at a time when President Jair Bolsonaro is going through the worst period of his two and a half years as president,” said Monica Yanakiew of Al Jazeera, who is in Rio de Janeiro. “The Senate is investigating the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and its popularity has taken a severe hit. “
Shortly after the news of his transfer to Sao Paulo, Bolsonaro posted on his Facebook page a photo of him smiling with his eyes closed and lying in a hospital bed covered with sensors and cables.
“I thank everyone for their support and prayers,” Bolsonaro said in the post.
Bolsonaro’s health has been a problem for much of his presidency, after he was stabbed in the intestines during the 2018 election campaign and nearly died. The attack required multiple follow-up operations. Pro-Bolsonaro federal lawmaker Bia Kicis wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that Bolsonaro’s hospitalization was “a consequence of the stabbing of 2018”.
President faces mass protests and a Senate committee inquiry into his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 535,800 people to date, according to data from Johns Hopkins University .
Bolsonaro has also been accused of failing to respond adequately to alleged irregularities in the purchase by the Brazilian Ministry of Health of a COVID-19 vaccine from India. After the irregularity reports were made public, the government suspended the contract.
Citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the matter, Reuters news agency reported on Monday that Brazilian federal police had formally opened an investigation into Bolsonaro into the allegations.
The far-right leader was also accused this month of participating in a scheme to cut the salaries of his aides when he was a federal deputy.
The president has denied all the allegations made against him.
But recent polls show its popularity is waning, which could be bad news ahead of elections scheduled for next year.
Over the weekend, a Datafolha survey showed that 54% of Brazilians support a proposal by the country’s lower house to open impeachment proceedings against Bolsonaro, compared with 42% who oppose it.
It was the first time that a majority of Brazilians supported such a measure.