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Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro is better, and released from hospital

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He can be released from the hospital. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has recovered from intestinal obstruction for which he had to be hospitalized urgently in Sao Paulo (south-eastern Brazil). He let it be known on Twitter that he has been authorized by his doctors to leave “now” the Sao Paulo hospital where he was admitted on Monday for suspected intestinal obstruction.

“Leave now,” wrote the 66-year-old head of state, posting a photo where he is still bedridden, surrounded by his doctors, all thumbs up like him, without specifying whether his discharge from the Vila Nova hospital Star has already taken place.

The last bulletin published shortly before by the Vila Nova Star Hospital explained that the health of the Head of State “has evolved with a good acceptance of the liquid diet that was offered to him during the day, which led to the withdrawal of the nasogastric tube ”. “The patient’s digestive tract is showing signs of recovery. No exit authorization is planned for the moment ”, it was however written there.

This establishment announced this Tuesday morning in a press release that the president’s “subocclusive intestinal condition” – a partial obstruction of transit – “has resolved” and that “surgery is not necessary”. The decision not to operate was taken by surgeon Antonio Luiz Macedo, who interrupted his vacation in the Bahamas to examine the president at dawn on Tuesday.

Nine months before the presidential election, the 66-year-old head of state had to leave his vacation spot in the southern and seaside state of Santa Catarina overnight from Sunday to Monday to be transported to Sao Paulo and admitted at the Vila Nova Star Hospital.

“Physical and psychological” consequences

Photos posted on social media to Jair Bolsonaro and his wife Michelle’s accounts show Dr Macedo, who has operated on the president in the past, giving him an abdominal palpation. Among the keywords: “#faith # Jesus # president”. In another photo, Bolsonaro is seen walking through the halls of the hospital, in black Bermuda shorts, and still equipped with a gastric tube and an intravenous drip.

Since the stabbing attack of which he was the victim in September 2018, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Jair Bolsonaro has suffered a succession of abdominal alerts. Stabbed in the intestine during a walkabout, he narrowly escaped death. The aftereffects of this attack, which earned him four operations on his abdomen, have punctuated his mandate.

A digestive system surgeon, quoted this Tuesday by the daily O Globo, estimated that Jair Bolsonaro, who wishes to run for president in October, would probably be handicapped all his life by intestinal problems. One of his sons, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, lamented in an interview with the international channel CNN the lifelong consequences of the stabbing on his father. The shock is “not only physical, but also psychological. He has to give up a lot of things, he has a permanent dietary restriction, he has to maintain a certain routine, ”he said.

Two tweets were published on the official account of the president, about the approval of a tax abatement for the importation of scientific material, a way to show that he remains in control of the country despite his hospitalization.

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