Brazil candidate recovering from surgery after stabbing

September 13, 2018
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CORRECTS MONTH - In this handout photo provided by the National Social Liberal Party press office, presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro poses for a photo while sitting in his hospital room at the Albert Einstein Hospital, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The far-right congressman was stabbed on Thursday during a campaign rally. Bolsonaro, 63, suffered intestinal damage and serious internal bleeding, according to Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, one of the surgeons who operated on the candidate. (Flavio Bolsonaro/National Social Liberal Party via AP)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is recovering after a successful emergency surgery to repair tissues of his intestinal walls.

Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital said in a statement Thursday that the candidate’s abdomen had become distended and surgery was performed on Wednesday to repair the adhesions.

Bolsonaro was stabbed Sept. 6 during a rally in the southeastern city of Juiz de Fora.

He suffered intestinal damage and serious internal bleeding and underwent surgery at a local hospital before he was transferred to Sao Paulo.

A Datafolha poll published on Monday showed Bolsonaro leading the race for the country’s top job with support among 24 percent of those polled.

The poll had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

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