Bolsonaro is suffering from an “intestinal subocclusion”, according to a statement from Vila Nova Star Hospital in São Paulo. It is the latest medical issue associated with an incident in 2018 in which Bolsonaro was stabbed on the campaign track.
The president is stable, in treatment and will be re-evaluated this morning by the team of doctor Antônio Luiz de Vasconcellos, said the hospital, which added that at present it is not known when he will be discharged.
Bolsonaro began to feel ill after lunch on Sunday and was hospitalized at 6 p.m. 3 local time (01:00 ET), he wrote in a tweet.
The president said he had been given a gastric tube and that several tests would be performed to determine if he needed surgery.
Bolsonaro was previously hospitalized in July 2021 when physician Antonio Luiz Macedo found a bowel obstruction.
Macedo also operated on Bolsonaro after he was stabbed during a campaign rally in September 2018. Bolsonaro underwent surgery in January 2019 to remove a colostomy bag that was fitted after the stabbing.
“This is the second hospitalization with the same symptoms, the result of the stabbing (September 6, 2018) and four major surgeries,” Bolsonaro wrote in another tweet, adding that Macedo had been traveling but would arrive at the hospital at 15.00 locally. time (13.00 ET).
Bolsonaro is preparing to run for re-election in October, but polls show his biggest rival, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, with a leading lead.
The populist Bolsonaro has been heavily criticized for its handling of the pandemic, which has left Brazil as one of the world’s hardest hit countries. The president has dismissed Covid-19 as a “small flu” and has refused to be vaccinated.
The nation has suffered from a slow vaccine rollout and strong opposition to containment measures from the Bolsonaro government.
In August 2021, however, the president refused to face a defeat at the ballot box.
“I have three alternatives for my future: to be arrested, killed or defeated,” said Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly questioned his country’s electoral system.