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Brazil’s Bolsonaro discharged from hospital after gut blockage

“Being
discharged now. Thank you all,” Bolsonaro posted on Twitter alongside a
religious message and a photo of himself and his doctors giving a thumbs-up.

The
Brazilian president, who had been vacationing in the southern state of Santa
Catarina, was urgently taken to Sao Paulo’s Vila Nova Star hospital in the
early hours of Monday after suffering from abdominal pain.

Doctors
inserted a nasogastric tube and even considered surgery, but the obstruction
was cleared on Tuesday.

A medical
bulletin issued on Tuesday evening said the president’s digestive tract was
showing signs of recovery, that he was doing well on a liquid diet and that
doctors had removed the nasogastric tube.

Bolsonaro
has undergone a series of emergency surgeries since being knifed during a
campaign event in September 2018.

He said on
Twitter on Monday that he had started feeling unwell on Sunday after lunch, noting
it was his second hospitalisation “with the same symptoms” in a few
months. In July 2021, he was taken to the Vila Nova Star for an intestinal
blockage after suffering chronic hiccups.

The
far-right Bolsonaro has been in power since 2019 and plans to stand for
re-election as president in a vote scheduled for October this year.

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