Bolsonaro not in pain or with fever, does physical therapy: Reports

The president is expected to stay in hospital for up to ten days

Published in 09/09/2019 - 14:38 By Daniel Mello - São Paulo

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is reported not to be in pain or with a fever following the fourth surgery since he was stabbed in the abdomen during a campaign rally in September last year. The procedure was carried out in São Paulo on Sunday (Sep 8).

According to medical reports made public by the Vila Nova Star Hospital this morning (9), Bolsonaro will start motor physical therapy, and will be allowed to sit in the armchair and walk around the room. Movement is key to helping the president recover intestinal activities, said his spokesman Otávio Rêgo Barros.

Also on Sunday, the president tweeted, “Another surgery. It took five hours this time; we’re OK. Thank you all for the support and the prayers! Thank you God for my life! I’ll be out and about soon. Woo-hoo!”

Antônio Antonieeto, medical director at Nova Star, reported Bolsonaro had at least three servings of jelly, tea, and thin broth. The procedure fixed a hernia problem that stemmed from last year’s attack. The technique employed was incisional herniorrhaphy with a mesh implant.


Rêgo Barros went on to say Bolsonaro received Environment Minister Ricardo Salles yesterday (8), and is expected to meet with vice-President Hamilton Mourão, who is serving as acting head of state.

“It’s part of the president’s nature to be active as quickly as possible. His clinical progress has been very good. As a result, the president seems already willing to resume his work ahead of the executive branch, even though the vice-president is taking care of our government right now,” the spokesman said.

Rêgo Barros said the decisions are legally in Mourão’s hands. However, “the president participates in the decision making through his dialog with several ministers, of course, General Mourão included,” he pointed out.

The president is on a five-day leave. The is expected to resume his position still in hospital, after a period of convalescence. Bolsonaro is to remain in hospital for ten days.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Juliana Andrade / Nira Foster

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