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Brazil's Bolsonaro leaves hospital after treatment for intestinal issue, hiccups

President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted on Wednesday because of abdominal pain and persistent hiccups.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks at the Vila Nova Star Hospital in Sao Paulo on July 18, 2021.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks at the Vila Nova Star Hospital in Sao Paulo on July 18, 2021.Miguel Schincariol / AFP - Getty Images

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro left a hospital on Sunday after being treated there since last week for an intestinal obstruction.

Bolsonaro, who was admitted Wednesday to the Vila Nova Star Hospital in Sao Paulo because of abdominal pain and persistent hiccups, appeared to be in good spirits as he left and told journalists that he hoped to be eating barbecue ribs in 10 days.

In a live online event on Saturday to mark the opening of a Caixa Economica bank branch in the north of the country, Bolsonaro had said he was feeling fine and itching to get back to work.

"I can't wait to get back to work, see friends, and really get Brazil moving," Bolsonaro said.

Doctors had originally considered operating on 66-year-old Bolsonaro, but decided not to do so. For some days, Bolsonaro was fed through a tube, but he was deemed fit to leave the hospital after returning to normal food intake.

Social media posts had shown Bolsonaro walking around the hospital and he continued to work, meeting Cabinet ministers by videoconference.

In 2018, Bolsonaro was stabbed in the abdomen while on the campaign trail. Since then, he has undergone several operations, some unrelated to the attack.

Reuters contributed.