Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was reportedly hospitalized Wednesday due to persistent hiccups — the latest health scare for the far-right leader who was stabbed in the stomach on the campaign trail in 2018.
Local media outlet Globo also reported that Bolsonaro had been admitted for tests at the military hospital in Brasilia after feeling abdominal pain early Wednesday.
“He is feeling good and doing well,” said a statement from his office.
In July 2020, Bolsonaro contracted COVID-19 but recovered. In recent public appearances, he had a stubborn cough and, more recently, developed chronic hiccups, leading to concerns about his health.
Doctors interviewed by local media speculated that the condition may stem from medication he was administered in the past few days when he underwent surgery for dental implants, according to MercoPress.
“I’ve been hiccupping for a week, maybe I can’t express myself well in this life,” Bolsonaro said during a live broadcast Thursday, the news outlet reported.