Brazil’s president is hospitalised with pneumonia a week after an operation to remove a colostomy bag
- Jair Bolsonaro, 63, had bag put in place after he was stabbed while campaigning
- Originally planned stay at hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was meant to last 10 days
- But now far-right leader will be hospitalized until February 11 because of fever
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has been hospitalised with pneumonia a week after an operation to remove a colostomy bag.
The far-right leader was struck down with a fever during his hospital stay, but a tweet on his account yesterday said he was ‘well’.
Bolsonaro, 63, had an operation on January 28 to remove a colostomy bag that was put in place after he was stabbed while campaigning ahead of Brazil’s election last year.
He had originally been expected to stay in hospital for 10 days, but this week his spokesman said he would remain hospitalized at least until February 11 because of a fever and other complications.
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has been hospitalised with pneumonia a week after an operation to remove a colostomy bag that was put in place after he was stabbed while campaigning last year
A tweet on Bolsonaro’s Twitter profile said: ‘Be careful not to be sensationalist. We are very relaxed, well and remain steady.’
The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo said in a statement on Thursday that doctors had adjusted his antibiotics dose after a fever late on Wednesday.
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Presidential spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said at a news conference that the president was in semi-intensive care.
He said Bolsonaro had a 38C (100.4F) fever on Wednesday and bacterial pneumonia.
If the president is unable to carry out his duties, then Vice President Hamilton Mourao, a retired general who has already clashed with Bolsonaro over a number of issues, would take charge.
Bolsonaro, pictured giving a thumbs up at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, said in a tweet that he was well but will not leave hospital until February 11
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