Jair Bolsonaro hospitalized after 10 days of hiccups – .

Jair Bolsonaro hospitalized after 10 days of hiccups – .

Jair Bolsonaro is assessed for possible emergency surgery on the disease (Photo : Reuetrs/Twitter/@jairbolsonaro)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was rushed to hospital complaining of stomach pain after suffering from hiccups for more than 10 days.

The 66-year-old was admitted to the Armed Forces Hospital in Braslia early in the morning and “felt fine”, according to an initial statement that doctors were examining his persistent hiccups.

But hours later, the president’s office said Dr Antonio Luiz Macedo, the surgeon who operated on him after being stabbed in the abdomen during the 2018 presidential campaign, decided to transfer him to Sao Paulo, where he will undergo further testing to see if he might need emergency surgery.

The stab wounds caused intestinal damage and severe internal bleeding, and the president has had several surgeries since, some unrelated to the attack.

In recent weeks, Mr Bolsonaro appeared to have difficulty speaking on several occasions and said he suffered from recurring hiccups.

In an interview with Radio Guaiba on July 7, he said: “I apologize to everyone listening to me, because I have had hiccups for five days now. “

He suggested that certain medications prescribed after dental surgery could be the cause, adding, “I have hiccups 24 hours a day.”

Bolsonaro has come under pressure over his administration’s handling of the pandemic (Photo: Reuters)
A photo posted on Mr Bolsonaro’s Twitter page shows the president in his hospital bed in Brasilia (Photo: Jair Bolsonaro’s official Twitter / AFP via Getty Images)

The next day, during his weekly Facebook Live session, Mr Bolsonaro again apologized for not being able to speak well due to a week-long hiccup.

Mr Bolsonaro has come under increasing pressure from a congressional investigation into his administration’s handling of the pandemic and alleged corruption in the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines.

Recent polls have indicated he could lose in the next election next year.

On Tuesday evening, during a 20-minute meeting with the president in Brasilia, supporters repeatedly asked him to take care of his health.

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