Brazil's Bolsonaro is rushed to hospital with 'intestinal blockage'

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro is rushed to hospital with ‘intestinal blockage’ three years after he was stabbed in the stomach during election campaign

  • Jair Bolsonaro, 66, was rushed to hospital in Sao Paulo on Monday morning
  • In July, he spent four days in hospital to be treated for intestinal obstruction
  • He has undergone abdominal surgery at least four times since 2018 knife attack
  • Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach during a rally a month before his election 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction, local media reported.

Bolsonaro, 66, was seen disembarking the presidential plane on foot surrounded by his entourage before being admitted to Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo after complaining of stomach pains.

The President was stabbed during a campaign rally three years ago, causing intestinal damage and serious internal bleeding, which has required at least four surgeries. 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured in Brasilia in November) was rushed to hospital early Monday morning for treatment of a probable intestinal obstruction

In July, he was admitted to hospital for further treatment after suffering from hiccups for ten days straight as a result of his gastrointestinal trouble. 

Doctor Antonio Luiz Macedo told news site UOL that the president would undergo several tests to examine his abdomen. 

Dr Macedo operated on Mr Bolsonaro after he was stabbed at a political rally in 2018.

Globo said that Dr Macedo was on holiday in the Bahamas and was waiting for a flight back to Brazil to see Mr Bolsonaro, who reportedly had no public appearances scheduled on Monday.

Neither the presidential press service nor the hospital has yet responded to requests for information by AFP. 

About a month before he was elected president, Bolsonaro was stabbed at a campaign rally by a man who was found to be psychologically unfit for trial. 

The horrifying moment was caught on several cameras as the assailant struck Bolsonaro in the stomach. 

In July (pictured), Bolsonaro was hospitalised after suffering from hiccups for ten days straight as a result of his gastrointestinal trouble 

The politician was being carried on the shoulders of a supporter while shaking hands with his fans when the assailant rushed up to him and plunged the blade into his torso.

Bolsonaro was seen collapsing and clutching his stomach in agony.

The then-candidate would normally have been wearing a bullet-proof vest provided by the federal police but on this occasion had decided to forego protection.   

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