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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro is rushed to hospital with ‘intestinal blockage’

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro is rushed to hospital with ‘intestinal blockage’ three years after he was stabbed in the stomach during election campaign

  • Jair Bolsonaro, 66, was rushed to hospital in Sao Paulo on Monday morning
  • In July, he spent four days in hospital to be treated for intestinal obstruction
  • He has undergone abdominal surgery at least four times since 2018 knife attack
  • Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach during a rally a month before his election 


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction.

Bolsonaro, 66, was on vacation at the beach in the southern state of Santa Catarina when the pain started, leading to an evacuation to Sao Paulo in the presidential plane. 

He was seen disembarking on foot surrounded by his entourage before being admitted to Vila Nova Star hospital and later posted a picture of himself in bed, flashing the thumbs-up sign.

The President was stabbed during a campaign rally three years ago, causing intestinal damage and serious internal bleeding, which has required at least four surgeries. 

President Jair Bolsonaro, 66, was on vacation at the beach in the southern state of Santa Catarina when the pain started, leading to an evacuation to Sao Paulo in the presidential plane. He later posted a picture of himself (above) in bed on Twitter, flashing the thumbs-up sign

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured in Brasilia in November) was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured in Brasilia in November) was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction

In July, he was admitted to hospital for further treatment after suffering from hiccups for ten days straight as a result of his gastrointestinal trouble. 

‘I started feeling unwell after lunch Sunday. I arrived at the hospital at 3:00 am today,’ he tweeted after being admitted to Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo.

‘They gave me a nasogastric tube,’ a device to carry food and medicine to the stomach through the nose.

‘They’ll be doing more exams to decide if I need surgery,’ he added.

Bolsonaro’s office said he was ‘doing well.’ Brazilian channel TV Globo carried images of him walking unassisted as he disembarked from his plane with his entourage.

Bolsonaro’s medical team said he was suffering from an ‘intestinal subocclusion,’ a partial blockage of the intestinal tract.

‘He is stable, undergoing treatment and will be reevaluated throughout the morning,’ his doctors said in a statement.

In July (pictured), Bolsonaro was hospitalised after suffering from hiccups for ten days straight as a result of his gastrointestinal trouble

In July (pictured), Bolsonaro was hospitalised after suffering from hiccups for ten days straight as a result of his gastrointestinal trouble 

‘At the moment, there is no forecast for his release.’

The surgeon who has operated on Bolsonaro in the past, Dr. Antonio Luiz Macedo – who was himself on vacation in the Bahamas – will arrive at 3.00pm local time, the president said. 

Macedo told news site UOL the president would undergo a battery of tests. 

About a month before he was elected president, Bolsonaro was stabbed at a campaign rally by a man who was found to be psychologically unfit for trial. 

The horrifying moment was caught on several cameras as the assailant struck Bolsonaro in the stomach. 

The politician was being carried on the shoulders of a supporter while shaking hands with his fans when the assailant rushed up to him and plunged the blade into his torso.

Bolsonaro was seen collapsing and clutching his stomach in agony.

The then-candidate would normally have been wearing a bullet-proof vest provided by the federal police but on this occasion had decided to forego protection.   

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