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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hospitalized with an intestinal obstruction

Bolsonaro, 66, was taken to the Vila Nova Star Hospital, in São Paulo, after reporting abdominal discomfort while enjoying a holiday respite in the state of Santa Catarina

January 3, 2022 1:13pm

Updated: January 3, 2022 3:40pm

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalized early Monday morning with an intestinal obstruction.

Bolsonaro, 66, was taken to the Vila Nova Star Hospital, in São Paulo, after reporting abdominal discomfort while enjoying a holiday respite in the state of Santa Catarina, according to Brazilian television network TV Globo.

Bolsonaro took to Twitter to confirm that he had suffered an intestinal obstruction and announced that he will undergo tests to detect whether further surgery is necessary.

"This is the second hospitalization with the same symptoms, as a consequence of the stabbing on September 6, 2018, and 4 major surgeries," wrote the Brazilian president.

Bolsonaro began to feel severe pain after lunch on Sunday and had to interrupt his year-end vacation in order to undergo treatment, the president lamented on Twitter.

Dr. Antônio Luiz Macedo, who treated the president after he was stabbed in 2018, does not believe that further surgery will be required, however.

Since Bolsonaro suffered the attack, he has undergone four surgeries, including the removal of a bladder stone and a vasectomy.