Brazilian Bolsonaro recovers but no plans to discharge from hospital – .

Brazilian Bolsonaro recovers but no plans to discharge from hospital – .

SAO PAULO – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s health “is progressing satisfactorily,” but the right-wing leader, who was hospitalized this week after complications from a stab wound in 2018, has no deadline to leave the hospital. hospital, its doctors said Thursday.

The president flew from the capital Brasilia to Sao Paulo on Wednesday to undergo tests, and possibly emergency surgery, to unblock a blocked bowel after days of hiccups.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain, has been hospitalized several times following the near-fatal stabbing on the countryside trail, which punctured his intestine. He also caught COVID-19 last year.

“Jair Messias Bolsonaro, remains hospitalized at the Vila Nova Star hospital, in Sao Paulo, evolving in a satisfactory clinical and laboratory way”, indicates the note of the doctors of the president, adding that the non-surgical treatment would be continued.

“The president continues without anticipation of discharge from the hospital,” adds the note.

The news comes after Bolsonaro’s son Flavio tweeted that his father was doing well and may not need surgery.

“President @jairbolsonaro has evolved well, woke up in a good mood, and if this continues, he will not need to have an operation!” Flavio Bolsonaro, a federal senator, wrote on Twitter.

Local media outlet G1 reported that Bolsonaro was due to undergo further testing on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the president’s office said Bolsonaro, 66, may require emergency surgery after being transferred from a hospital in Brasilia.

But after arriving in Sao Paulo on Wednesday evening, doctors at Vila Nova Star Hospital said the president would initially remain “under conservative leadership”.

“I thank everyone for their support and prayers,” Bolsonaro said in a Facebook post on Wednesday shortly after news broke of his transfer to Sao Paulo.

Along with the post, he shared a photo of himself shirtless, eyes closed and lying in a hospital bed covered in sensors and cables. Beside him stood what appeared to be a priest with a crucifix.


The photo, which was accompanied by a text denouncing his left-wing opponents, has led some to claim that Bolsonaro could take advantage of his condition for political ends. Many Brazilians believe the 2018 knife attack and the widespread sympathy it garnered was a crucial factor in his electoral victory.

An article in the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper said that Bolsonaro’s hospitalization enabled him to resurrect one of his “favorite characters… that of the political martyr”. He noted “that Bolsonaro did not invent his state of health” but said his current fate had “immediate use” as he is “in one of the most pressing moments of his tenure”.

Bolsonaro’s popularity has sagged due to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as senators investigate a latent corruption scandal over his government’s purchase of vaccines. With more than 537,000 deaths from COVID-19, Brazil has the second highest death toll from the virus in the world after the United States.

However, a poll released Thursday by Datafolha showed for the first time that a majority of Brazilians say they believe the pandemic is either “totally under control” or “partly under control” in the country, a boost potential for Bolsonaro.

(Report by Marcelo Rochabrun, Rodrigo Viga Gaier and Eduardo Simoes, written by Gabriel Stargardter and Stephen Eisenhammer, edited by Steven Orlofsky and Alistair Bell)


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