A year since Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach at a campaign rally, he has successful undergone his fourth operation to repair an abdominal hernia, AFP reported on Sunday, September 8th.
The operation at Sao Paulo's Vila Nova Star hospital lasted more than five hours, the medical centre reported in a statement signed by his surgeon, Antonio Luiz Macedo.
According to Macedo, the president is recovering and in stable condition following a successful procedure. A significant part of Bolsonaro's intestine had to be removed.
Bolsonaro is expected to spend five days in the hospital and should be able to travel by plane after a week. About 10% of patients who undergo such abdominal surgery develop a hernia.
Vice President Hamilton Mourao temporarily assumed powers of the presidency on Sunday and will remain in office at least until Thursday, a presidential spokesman said.
On September 6th in 2018, Bolsonaro was stabbed at a campaign rally in the state of Minas Gerais by a 41-year-old man, who was later identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, and who was found to be delusional and psychologically unfit for trial.
The assailant was later being the psychiatric unit of a maximum security prison.