The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, was discharged this Wednesday, January 5, after being hospitalized for two days due to an obstruction in his intestines, sequel to the stabbing he received in 2018 in an assassination attempt by a socialist fanatic.
Bolsonaro used his Twitter account to let his followers know he was leaving the hospital and thanking everyone for their support.
“Receiving discharge now.
Thank you all.
I can do everything through Him who strengthens me,” Bolsonaro wrote, referring to a teaching from the Bible.
Bolsonaro was in Santa Catarina when he had to be transferred and hospitalized early Monday in Sao Paulo for severe pain in his abdomen.
Initial medical reports spoke of possible surgery but doctors managed to clear the obstruction with a nasogastric tube on Tuesday, according to The Guardian.
Brazil’s president recovered quickly with the help of a liquid diet and doctors removed the tube as a result.
This is not the first time Bolsonaro has had to be hospitalized with similar symptoms.
In 2018 the then presidential candidate was stabbed in the abdomen while campaigning with supporters in Mina Gerais in what was an assassination attempt by a socialist fanatic who said ‘God ordered’ him to kill Bolsonaro.
The stabbing left considerable wounds in his intestines that had to be operated on and left wounds that make it complicated for him to process certain foods.
Speaking to the São Paulo daily Estadao, Dr. Marcelo Borba, an expert in intestinal medicine, explained that much of the problem is due to scarring in the intestine in the places where surgeons initially repaired the damage from the stabbing.
“He has these abrasions because he was heavily manipulated previously with interabdominal surgeries,” Borba told the newspaper. “In these cases, you have to maintain a certain diet, for example, avoid foods that can ferment, such as milk, or that are too fibrous and difficult to digest, for example, vegetables and legumes.”
Borba also said that it is best not to operate again in the area because with more surgeries the intestines will lose the ability to process food.
In addition to this, due to the president’s busy schedule, it is often not possible for him to maintain the indicated diet or even normal eating schedules, which adds more complications to the condition left by the stab wound.
His son Flavio, senator of Rio de Janeiro, explained: “Things happen dynamically and he needs to change his schedule, which makes it difficult to have breakfast, lunch and dinner at night”, and added that his father no longer “has the luxury of doing many things he would like to do, such as eating cake, pizza or roast beef”.
This year Bolsonaro finishes his first term in office and has assured that he will run for a second term.
Bolsonaro has won mainstream media criticism for being openly a Christian, anti Communist and very outspoken when dealing with the press.
He made headlines last year when he had to eat literally in the streets of New York city because he was not vaccinated against Covid-19.
In 2019 he also clashed with President Macron of France when he said that the fires in the Amazon forests were an ‘international crisis’ and called for the G7 to intervene with ‘financial aid’.
Bolsonaro refused to receive the aid under the conditions presented by Macron saying that in that way, Brazil would be a colony, showing his strong nationalist profile.