Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, July 14, after 10 consecutive days of chronic hiccups.
His office said he was hospitalized after suffering from a stomach ache on Tuesday night at the Armed Forces Hospital in the capital of Brasilia. Doctors initially conducted tests to clarify the cause of his non-stop hiccups. He was expected to be under observation for between 24 and 48 hours, according to CNN.
But hours later, as doctor Antonio Luiz Macedo discovered he was having an intestinal obstruction, Bolsonaro was moved to a different place in São Paulo for further medical checks and preparation for a potential operation. Macedo was the surgeon who operated for the 66-year-old leader when he was stabbed in the gut three years ago.
The Hospital Nova Star then said that there would not be any surgery yet, saying he was going to receive “a conservative clinical treatment.”
His office affirmed “he is feeling good and doing well.”
Throughout July, the far-right leader had occasionally complained about his interrupted speech due to the constant hiccups, which had extended more than a week.
“I apologize to everyone who is listening to me, because I’ve been hiccupping for five days now,” he said on July 7, adding he suspected the symptoms might be caused by the medication he was taking due to surgery for dental implants, according to the Associated Press.
As of last Thursday, he said “I may not be able to express myself properly on this live,” adding that the condition had been going on for more than a week.
“Guys, I’m voiceless, guys. If I start talking too much, the hiccup bout comes back. The hiccup is back,” he said a day before he was hospitalized.
Ever since he was stabbed in the abdomen during the 2018 presidential campaign, Bolsonaro had undergone multiple surgeries. The attack left him with serious injuries, and he lost 40% of his blood.
His administration has especially been derided for poor reaction to the CCP Virus pandemic. Brazil had been one of the world’s most affected countries then and currently, even the vaccine rollout process in the nation is still somewhat sluggish, noted CNN.
Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 in July last year but rallied. He said at the time he sought treatment for the disease with the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine amid doubts and criticism that the therapy was unscientific.