Brazilian Bolsonaro rushed to hospital with intestinal blockage

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was rushed to hospital Monday morning after experiencing “abdominal discomfort” which doctors said was caused by a blockage in the intestines, his office and medical team said.

Bolsonaro, 66, was on vacation at the beach in Santa Catarina state, in the south of the country, when the pain began, resulting in a rushed evacuation to Sao Paulo on the presidential plane.

The far-right leader has had a series of health problems since being stabbed in the abdomen during the 2018 presidential campaign that brought him to power.

“After feeling abdominal discomfort, the president was admitted Monday morning to the Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo for examinations,” his office said in a statement.

“The president is doing well. Further details will be released following the update of his medical bulletin.”

Bolsonaro’s medical team said he was suffering from “intestinal under-obstruction,” a partial blockage of the intestinal tract.

“He is stable, undergoing treatment and will be reassessed throughout the morning,” his doctors said in a statement.

“At the moment, there are no plans for his release.”

TV Globo showed footage of Bolsonaro walking unaided as he disembarked from his plane with his entourage.

Jet ski vacation

Dr Antonio Luiz Macedo, the surgeon who heads the medical team and has operated on Bolsonaro in the past, told the UOL news site that the president will undergo a battery of tests.

In July, Bolsonaro spent four days seeking treatment for a bowel obstruction.

Since the knife attack, Bolsonaro has undergone at least four abdominal surgeries.

He cries regularly as he talks about his stabbing in September 2018, carried out by an isolated assailant who was found to be psychologically unfit to stand trial.

Doctors said Bolsonaro lost 40% of his blood in the attack, which nearly killed him.

But he survived and won the presidency in October, fueling supporters’ unwavering faith in the man they call ‘Mito’ – ‘The Myth’.

Bolsonaro’s aura of invincibility has faded since then, however.

His approval rating is at an all-time low as he prepares to run for reelection in October.

Bolsonaro is far behind his likely opponent, left-wing ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), whose recent polls indicate he could win the elections in the first round.

The Bolsonaro beach vacation, which began on December 27, has sparked controversy in recession-stricken Brazil.

As the northeastern state of Bahia grabs with deadly flooding, the president has ignored calls to end his vacation, instead posting videos of himself soaking up the sun and jetting skiing through crowds of cheering supporters.

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