Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro undergoes surgery

Last Updated: Sep 10 2019 18:57
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On Sunday, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro underwent surgery to repair an abdominal hernia, his fourth operation since being stabbed in the stomach a year ago at a campaign rally, according to his doctors.

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.

“The procedure was a success,” Macedo’s statement said, adding that the president was recovering and in stable condition.

He said a significant part of Bolsonaro’s intestine had to be removed after it had become strongly attached to the abdominal wall. Doctors used a mesh implant to strengthen muscle tissue, Macedo added.

Bolsonaro is expected to spend five days in hospital and should be able to travel by plane after a week, Macedo said.