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    The head of state was hospitalised on 14 July after suffering from chronic hiccups for 10 days straight. Doctors initially feared he might require emergency surgery, but so far Bolsonaro has been improving without the need for it.

    Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has promised to be "back in action soon" if everything goes well after being taken to hospital earlier this week. Bolsonaro accompanied his statement on Twitter with a photo of himself walking in a hospital corridor while being attached to a drip hanging on an IV pole.

    "We have done a lot, but we still have a lot to do for our Brazil! Thanks for your support and prayers", the president added in his tweet.

    Bolsonaro suffered from an intestinal blockage that is suspected to be linked to a 2018 incident when he was stabbed at a rally in the city of Juiz de Fora ahead of the presidential election. Parts of his liver, lung, and intestine were damaged by the attacker's knife.

    This handout photo obtained from the twitter account of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro), shows Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on his hospital bed in Brasilia on July 14, 2021. - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to hospital on Wednesday to investigate the cause of persistent hiccups, the government said.
    © AFP 2021 / Jair Bolsonaro's official Twitter account (@jairbolsonaro

    The old wound apparently started to cause new problems, as Bolsonaro was hospitalised on 14 July after suffering for 10 days from chronic hiccups. The doctors originally feared he might need to undergo surgery, but the president later assured that the chances he would need it had decreased significantly since being admitted to hospital. Doctors said on 15 July that they had removed a gastric catheter and that the president should start eating on 16 July, although it was suggested that he would have to adhere to a liquid diet. 

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