Brazil's Bolsonaro to have surgery for hernia next week
Publish- September 02, 2019, 09:30 AM
Brazils President Jair Bolsonaro makes a signal with his hand during a military ceremony for the Day of the Soldier, at Army Headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Photo: AP
Rio De Janeiro, Sept 02 (AP/UNB) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will have surgery on a hernia that developed following previous operations after he was stabbed at a campaign rally a year ago, hospital authorities say.
The hospital where the surgery will take place next Sunday said in a statement that Bolsonaro's surgeon was doing a routine checkup and detected an incisional hernia. The surgeon said the president's health is good.
Bolsonaro told reports Sunday that he would undergo surgery soon.
"It's a part of life," he said, choking up. Bolsonaro tweeted earlier that he would take about 10 days off to recuperate.
A presidential spokesperson said Bolsonaro was still planning to attend a meeting of leaders of Amazonian countries Friday in Colombia to discuss conservation efforts.
Bolsonaro was stabbed in the abdomen in September 2018 while being carried through a crowd during a campaign rally.
The man who stabbed him, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, was absolved when a judge determined he was mentally ill and ordered him to be held indefinitely in a prison mental institution.