Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Being Examined for Possible Emergency Surgery

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was being evaluated Wednesday for emergency surgery for an intestinal obstruction, according to his office.

Bolsonaro was admitted to the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia in the morning and was "feeling well," according to an initial statement that said doctors were examining his persistent hiccups, the Associated Press reported.

Hours later, the president's office said Dr. Antonio Luiz Macedo decided to transfer him to Sao Paulo, where he will undergo additional tests to evaluate the need for emergency surgery. Macedo operated on Bolsonaro after he was stabbed in the abdomen during the 2018 presidential campaign.

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Brazilian President Considered for Emergency Surgery
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning to check on intestinal obstruction and is being considered for emergency surgery. Above, Bolsonaro smiles during an event to launch a new register for professional workers in the fish industry at the Planalto Government Palace in Brasilia on June 29. Adressa Anholete/Getty Images

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, Bolsonaro has appeared to struggle with speaking on various occasions and said that he suffers from recurring hiccups.

"I apologize to everyone who is listening to me because I've been hiccuping for five days now," Bolsonaro said in an interview with Radio Guaiba on July 7. He suggested that some medications prescribed after dental surgery might be the cause. "I have the hiccups 24 hours a day."

The following day, during his weekly Facebook Live session, Bolsonaro apologized again for not being able to express himself well due to week-long hiccups.

Bolsonaro has been under growing pressure from a congressional inquiry into his administration's handling of the pandemic and alleged corruption in the acquisition of vaccines against COVID-19, and recent polls have indicated that he could lose in the next 2022 election.

On Tuesday night, in a 20-minute encounter with the president in Brasilia, supporters repeatedly asked him to look after his health.

Brazilian President Considered for Emergency Surgery
A fence surrounds the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia, where Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted Wednesday with a hiccup that has lasted for days. Eraldo Peres/Associated Press