Brazil’s Bolsonaro hospitalized to search out the reason for hiccups, the presidency says

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro gets into a vehicle after attending mass at a Catholic church in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 1, 2021. REUTERS / Adriano Machado / File Photo

BRASILIA, July 14 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalized on Wednesday to investigate the cause of the chronic hiccups, the president’s office said in 2018.

Bolsonaro went to the Brasilia Military Hospital and is expected to be under surveillance for between 24 and 48 hours, although not necessarily in the hospital, the statement said.

“He’s feeling good and doing well,” it said.

Local media outlets Globo reported that Bolsonaro was admitted for unspecified medical tests after experiencing a stomach ache in the early hours of Wednesday.

Bolsonaro’s health was an issue during his presidency after he was stabbed and badly injured in the bowel while campaigning in 2018.

He had other fears. In July last year, Bolsonaro contracted COVID-19 but recovered. He has had a persistent cough when performing for the past few months. He has recently had hiccups, which raised concerns about his health.

Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Editing by Christian Plumb and Chizu Nomiyama

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