Bolsonaro to Remain in Hospital, Emergency Surgery Ruled Out

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro will remain hospitalized in Sao Paulo after being diagnosed with a partial intestinal obstruction, though an emergency surgery has been ruled out for now.

The 66-year-old president will “initially receive a conservative clinical treatment,” meaning non-surgical procedures would be employed, according to a statement from his medical team released late on Wednesday.

He had been hospitalized in Brasilia in the morning with abdominal pain after more than 10 days of hiccups. Antonio Luiz Macedo, the surgeon who operated on Bolsonaro after his 2018 stabbing, was called to evaluate his situation and decided to transfer him to Sao Paulo, according to a statement from the presidential office.

Bolsonaro, who has undergone a series of surgeries since his stabbing on the campaign trail, said in April he was supposed to have another procedure to treat a hernia developing at the site of the operations. On Wednesday, he thanked supporters in a series of postings on his official twitter account, including a picture of himself in the hospital.

Bolsonaro has been publicly complaining about hiccups for several days. Last week, he apologized to the audience of his weekly live webcast for not being able to speak normally due to the issue.

The hiccups could be associated to medication Bolsonaro has taken after a recent tooth implant or esophagus irritation following his abdomen surgeries, according to medical experts.

Canceled Agenda

Bolsonaro’s office confirmed his entire agenda was canceled, including his visit to the Supreme Court where he would meet with top Justice Luiz Fux, Lower House Speaker Arthur Lira and Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco, amid rising tension between the three branches of government.

The meeting’s goal was to set “solid basis for Brazil’s democracy, and stability for the political regime,” according to Fux, and followed Bolsonaro’s repeated and unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.

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