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Brazilian president comes out of surgery

Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, addresses the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 28, 2019 - 11:49 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro came out of a seven-hour-long surgery Monday during which doctors removed the colostomy bag put into place after he was stabbed in a campaign rally in September.

Presidential spokesman Gen. Otavio Santana do Rego Barros said the operation, which began at 8:30 a.m. local time, was a success.

"The procedure lasted seven hours and occurred without complications" Rego Barros said at a press conference, describing the surgery as a "work of art".

"At the moment, the patient is clinically stable, conscious, pain-free, in the intensive care unit," read a statement released by the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, where Bolsonaro checked in on Sunday evening.

Vice-President Hamilton Mourao took the reins on Monday morning as interim president for a period of 48 hours. Bolsonaro is then expected to resume work from his hospital room, where he will stay for several days.

Bolsonaro, 63, nearly died on Sept. 6 after he was stabbed during a campaign rally in the southeastern city of Juiz de Fora. The far-right president suffered serious internal bleeding and intestinal damage.

News from © The Associated Press, 2019
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