Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hospitalized

After hiccupping for 10 days straight, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been admitted to hospital with what doctors said was an intestinal obstruction that could require emergency surgery. President Bolsonaro, 66, was admitted to the Armed Forces Hospital in the capital of Brasilia early in the morning and was "feeling well", according to an initial statement that said doctors were examining his persistent hiccups. But hours later, the President's office said the surgeon who operated on Mr Bolsonaro after he was stabbed in the abdomen during the 2018 presidential campaign decided to transfer him to Sao Paulo, where he will undergo additional tests to evaluate the need for an emergency surgery. President Bolsonaro, who is both Catholic and Evangelical, posted on his official Twitter account a photo of himself lying on a hospital bed, eyes closed, several monitoring sensors stuck to his bare torso. At the edge of the photo, a hand reaches out from an unseen person wearing what appears to be a black religious robe and a long chain with a gold cross. During the presidential elections in 2018 Bolsonaro got stabbed by a radical leftist. The stabbing caused intestinal damage and serious internal bleeding and the president has gone through several surgeries since, some unrelated to the attack. In recent weeks, Mr Bolsonaro has appeared to struggle with speaking on various occasions and said he suffers from recurring hiccups. "I apologize to everyone who is listening to me, because I've been hiccupping for five days now," the President said in an interview with Radio Guaiba on July 7. The following day, during his weekly Facebook Live session, Mr Bolsonaro apologised again for not being able to express himself well due to the hiccups. On Tuesday night, in a 20-minute encounter with the President in Brasilia, supporters repeatedly asked him to look after his health. We wish Jair a speedy recovery and a successful re-election.

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