BRASILIA, Brazil – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro left a hospital on Sunday after being treated there for a previous week for a bowel obstruction.
Bolsonaro, who was admitted to Vila Nova Star Hospital in Sao Paulo on Wednesday with abdominal pain and persistent hiccups, appeared in good spirits as he left and told reporters he hoped to eat barbecued ribs in 10 days.
At a live online event on Saturday to mark the opening of a Caixa Economica bank branch in the north of the country, Bolsonaro said he was feeling good and was eager to return to work.
“I can’t wait to get back to work, see friends and really rock Brazil,” Bolsonaro said.
Doctors initially planned to operate on Bolsonaro, 66, but decided not to. For a few days, Bolsonaro was fed through a tube, but was deemed fit to leave the hospital after resuming a normal diet.
Social media posts had shown Bolsonaro walking around the hospital and he continued to work, meeting cabinet ministers via video conference.
In 2018, Bolsonaro was stabbed in the abdomen while campaigning for an election. He has since undergone several operations, some unrelated to the attack.