Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been transferred to a hospital in Sao Paulo for tests on a potentially obstructed intestine, his office said on Wednesday after the far-right leader endured a 10-day bout of chronic hiccups.
He has been transferred to the city of Sao Paulo for possible emergency surgery. He was taken by ambulance from the military hospital in Brasilia to an airbase, footage from Brazilian television showed on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a statement from the presidential press office; His doctor decided to send the president to Sao Paulo, where he will undergo further testing to determine whether emergency surgery is necessary.
Initial Bolsonaro was taken to hospital in Brasilia early Wednesday to find out the cause of his persistent hiccups on the advice of his medical team.
Bolsonaro’s son Flavio, speaking to radio station Jovem Pan, said that earlier in the day his father had been moved to an intensive care unit in Brasilia and intubated.
“He ended up being intubated to keep him from breathing in liquid coming from his stomach,” Flavio Bolsonaro said in the interview.
In recent weeks, Mr. Bolsonaro has appeared to struggle with speaking on various occasions and said that he suffers from recurring hiccups following surgery on a dental implant on July 3.
During an interview with Radio Guaiba on July 7, he said:
“I apologize to everyone who is listening to me because I’ve been hiccuping for five days now.”
He suggested that some medications prescribed after dental surgery might be the cause, adding: “I have the hiccups 24 hours a day.”