Bolsonaro surgery successful

Monday, January 28, 2019

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured) underwent successful surgery on Monday.

Bolsonaro was stabbed in the abdomen at an election rally in Minas Gerais on September 8 last year which forced him to undergo emergency surgery. Doctors then did a colostomy since there was an intestine lesion.

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Lasting nine hours, the Monday surgery removed a colostomy bag and was performed at hospital Albert Einstein in the city of São Paulo, a spokesperson from the presidential palace said.

Bolsonaro's general health condition is considered to be good but he will remain in intensive care for 48 hours.

Vice president Hamilton Mourão will take over Bolsonaro's duties while the latter recovers in the intensive care unit.

Bolsonaro is expected to stay in the hospital for at least a week, but he will be working from the hospital after his two-day recovery period.