The former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalized, according to his wife Michelle Bolsonaro.
He was admitted on Monday for abdominal “discomfort” related to injuries from a 2018 knife attack at a political rally, Michel Bolsonaro wrote in a post on his official Instagram.
An ally of the former president told CNN Brasil that the former president was hospitalized in the Orlando, Florida area and that he felt discomfort Sunday night.
The news comes as Brazil was rocked by political violence on Sunday in the capital Brasilia, in which hundreds of Bolsonaro supporters stormed power, smashed offices and sparked strong international condemnation.
Bolsonaro already left Brazil for the United States on December 30, according to CNN Brasil – just two days before the inauguration of his successor, President-elect Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva. Five government officials were authorized to accompany him to Miami between January 1 and 30, 2023.
The former leader has been hospitalized several times over the years due to his injury. The knife incident occurred during his 2018 campaign as Bolsonaro was carried through a crowd on the shoulders of supporters in Juiz de Fora, a town in the southern state of Minas Gerais.
Bolsonaro’s son, Flavio Bolsonaro, tweeted at the time that his father’s wounds had “reached part of his liver, lungs and intestines” and that he had lost a lot of blood.
In January 2019, Bolsonaro underwent surgery to remove a colostomy bag placed after he was stabbed.
He was hospitalized again in July 2021 after experiencing abdominal pain and distress constant hiccups for more than a week.
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