Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro Undergoes Successful Surgery
On Sunday, September 8th, Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro underwent surgery to repair an abdominal hernia, making it his fourth operation since being stabbed in the stomach a year ago at a campaign rally.
According to reports, the operation at Sao Paulo’s Vila Nova Star hospital lasted more than five hours, the medical center reported in a statement signed by his surgeon, Antonio Luiz Macedo.
“The procedure was a success,” Macedo’s statement said, adding that the president was recovering and in stable condition. He said a significant part of Bolsonaro’s intestine had to be removed after it had become strongly attached to the abdominal wall. Doctors used a mesh implant to strengthen muscle tissue, Macedo added.
President Bolsonaro is expected to spend five days in hospital and should be able to travel by plane after a week, Macedo said. Vice President Hamilton Mourao temporarily assumed the powers of the presidency on Sunday and will remain in office at least until Thursday, a presidential spokesman said.
Bolsonaro was stabbed on September 6, 2018 at a campaign rally in the state of Minas Gerais by a 41-year-old man, who was found to be delusional and psychologically unfit for trial. The assailant, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, is being held in the psychiatric unit of a maximum security prison.