A rightist candidate for the presidency of Brazil has spoken from his hospital bed after he was stabbed by an attacker & # 39; socialist & # 39; and he lost 40 percent of his blood.
Jair Bolsonaro said the attack was "like a punch in the pit of his stomach" and said he suffered "unbearable" pain when he was attacked during a rally by a man who said he was representing a "mission of God."
Claiming he had never done anything wrong to anyone, the controversial politician said he expected an attack and was prepared for it, but the hospital staff revealed that he was not wearing a protective vest at the time of the stabbing.
The shocking images showed the moment when Bolsonaro was punched in the stomach in the middle of a crowd in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, southeast of Brazil.
The 63-year-old man was transferred to intensive care after undergoing a procedure for serious internal injuries and is now stable and out of immediate and acute danger.
Jair Bolsonaro (said the attack was "like a punch in the pit of his stomach" and said he suffered "unbearable" pain when he was attacked during a rally
The last video, recorded in a hospital in Minas Gerais, was published by Senator Magna Malta, who prayed for the recovery of the candidate next to his bed.
Bolsonaro said: It felt like a blow to the pit of the stomach. Whoever has ever received a blow in the stomach will know that the pain is unbearable.
"The blade went up to five inches and passed 1 mm away from the main artery of my heart."
Bolsonaro, 63, said he was grateful to doctors and nurses for saving his life and to God for giving him "one more chance."
Earlier, the politician Eduardo's son said: "It was a miracle that he was alive." If he had been delayed another five minutes, he would have died.
He credited the emergency medical team for saving his father's life and added that the parliamentarian is recovering well from the knife attack.
"My father is stronger than ever, he is stable and speaks, but he is still shocked by the surgery."
On Friday morning, the injured politician was transferred to Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo. According to medical information, the candidate is "extremely stable and not at risk of death".
A 40-year-old suspect, identified by police as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, has been arrested for the attack with police saying he appeared to be mentally disturbed and had claimed he was "on a mission from God".
It was said that Oliveira was a member of the left PSOL party between 2007 and 2014. On his Facebook page, the attacker recently posted messages criticizing Bolsonaro and supporting the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.
Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is taken on the shoulders of a supporter moments before being stabbed during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro reacts after being stabbed during the rally. Police spokesman Flavio Santiago confirmed that his attacker had been arrested
It is reported that Bolsonaro underwent laparoscopic surgery after being stabbed in a campaign demonstration according to his advisors.
Adelio Bispo de Oliveira (pictured) is suspected of stabbing Jair Boslanaro while he was campaigning in Brazil
This photo, released by the Military Police, shows the knife allegedly used by Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, suspected of stabbing Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing presidential candidate from Brazil
The assault in a fraction of a second occurred when the politician was being carried on the shoulder by supporters in the middle of a crowd during the afternoon event.
Horrible images of several mobile phones caught the moment when a man plunged a knife into his belly.
He was seen clutching his stomach and grimacing in agony before collapsing backward. He was rushed through the crowd and taken by car to the Santa Casa de la Misericordia hospital in Juiz de Fora, where the doctors performed emergency surgery.
Bolsonaro's son, Flavio Bolsonaro, initially posted on Twitter that the injury was superficial and that his father was fine. However, an hour later he published another tweet saying that the wound was "worse than we thought".
He arrived at the hospital "almost dead," wrote Flavio. "Your condition now seems stabilized. Please pray."
The attack on Bolsonaro is a turning point in what was already Brazil's most unpredictable election since the country's return to democracy three decades ago. Corruption investigations have imprisoned dozens of businessmen and politicians in recent years and alienated voters.
There was fear that the violence would spread through Brazil on Friday, as the nation celebrates Independence Day with political groups that are likely to march in hundreds of cities. Bolsonaro's rival candidates canceled campaign activities for Friday.
Under the campaign laws of Brazil, Bolsonaro's small coalition has almost no campaign time in bulletin blocks of government-regulated candidates on television and radio. That means that Bolsonaro relies on social networks and rallies across the country to get support. As such, not being able to go out on the street could affect your campaign.
Jair Bolsonaro is being taken by the crowd while campaigning in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Southeast of Brazil
Suddenly he can be seen clutching his stomach and wincing and the crowd carries him.
The crowd reacts and takes the wounded politician to a safe place. He is currently in critical surgery
Flavio Bolsonaro said Friday night outside the hospital where his father was treated that he was aware and that the attack was a political impulse.
"I just want to send a message to the thugs who tried to ruin the life of a family man, a guy who is the hope for millions of Brazilians: they just elected him president, he will win in the first round," said Flavio Bolsonaro.
In a statement, the Federal Police said: & # 39;[Bolsonaro] was (being) escorted by the federal police when he was struck by a knife during a public ceremony in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais. A suspect was arrested on the spot and taken to the police station. A police investigation was established to determine the circumstances of the incident.
In statements to the local press, Pedro Augusto Lima Possa, the suspect's lawyer said: "Adelio confessed and claimed responsibility for the attack, but said he did not intend to kill (Bolsonaro). & # 39;
The stabbing could reshape the electoral contest
The stabbing of Jair Bolsonaro has the potential to reshape the electoral contest after dramatically exposing the deep polarization in the largest nation in Latin America.
The far-right congressman Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has promised to crack down on crime, has long argued that Brazil is in chaos and needs a strong hand to stabilize.
After a man armed with knives stabbed the candidate in the abdomen during a campaign event on Thursday, the Brazilians went on social media to discuss whether the attack supports Bolsonaro's claims that the country is out of control or if His heated rhetoric helped to incite the attack. .
The far-right congressman Bolsonaro (center, in a demonstration earlier this week), a former army captain who has promised to crack down on crime, has long argued that Brazil is in chaos and needs a strong hand to stabilize.
After more than four years of revelations of widespread corruption within Brazil's political class, anger is spreading in the country, and analysts initially predicted that this would be an election for change. But no true stranger has arisen.
In contrast, Bolsonaro, despite being a congressman since 1991, has taken advantage of much of the anger and has presented himself as a rebel who will clean up a corrupt system. It also promises to face an increase in crime, in part by giving the police a freer hand to shoot and kill while on duty.
The public's anger is partly responsible for making this year's campaign the most unpredictable in years for Brazil, and the attack could lead to another seismic change.
The electoral authorities prevented the electoral polls from leading the man, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, because he was convicted of corruption and is in prison.
That puts Bolsonaro in the leading position, although it is not clear how the attack could affect the campaign for the presidential election on October 7.
The stabbing of Jair Bolsonaro has the potential to reshape the electoral contest after dramatically exposing the deep polarization in the largest nation in Latin America. Today his son Flavio is seen outside the hospital, treating the incendiary politician
In the hours after the attack in Juiz de Fora, about 125 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, supporters of Bolsonaro predicted that it would take him to the presidency.
"They made Bolsonaro a martyr," said Jonatan Valente, a student who joined a small vigil for Bolsonaro in Sao Paulo. "I think the left shot himself in the foot because with this attack they will end up choosing Bolsonaro."
But it is unknown when he will be able to leave again in the electoral campaign and if his injuries will impede his ability to campaign.
There were signs of the deep division in Brazil at the vigil, when Bolsonaro's supporters briefly exchanged insults with some detractors who came forward.
Meanwhile, on Twitter many criticized the stabbing and requested prayers for Bolsonaro, but others suggested that the candidate might have provoked the attack or even staged it.
Brazilian doctor Eunice Dantas, director of the Santa Casa Hospital, speaks to the press about the health of the Brazilian presidentialist right, Jair Bolsonaro, today
This is not the first time in recent months that violence has touched politicians. In March, while Da Silva was on a campaign tour in southern Brazil before his imprisonment, the shots hit the buses in his caravan. No one was hurt. Also that month, Marielle Franco, a black councilor in Rio de Janeiro, was shot dead in March along with her driver after attending an event.
Although Bolsonaro has many followers, he is a deeply divisive figure. He has been fined and even faced charges for derogatory statements towards women, blacks and homosexuals.
He speaks with nostalgia about the military dictatorship of 1964-1985 and has promised to fill his government with current and former military leaders. His vice-presidential running mate is a retired general.
"It is likely that Bolsonaro used the attack to argue that his opponents are desperate, that they had no other way to stop him," said Mauricio Santoro, a political science professor at the Rio de Janeiro state university.
It is believed that the single man, who has a master's degree, is currently unemployed, but has been working as a waiter and is apparently separated from his family.
According to Possa, the attack was motivated by religious and political reasons.
"He told me that there were religious and political motivations and that he hated the prejudices that Bolsonaro openly spoke about different races, religion and women," said the suspect's lawyer.
Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, a member of the hospital's general surgery team who performed the critical operation on the victim, said that Bolsonaro suffered a "closed abdominal trauma and was admitted to the hospital with signs of shock."
"The surgery was done as a matter of urgency and a massive internal hemorrhage was diagnosed and controlled," Dr. Borsato said at a press conference last night.
He explained that the former army captain had suffered injuries in various organs and had lost between 2 and 2.5 liters of blood.
& # 39; The damage was very serious. (He suffered) three perforations in the small intestine and a severe injury in the large intestine. There was fecal contamination inside the abdominal cavity, "revealed the surgeon.
"During the surgery, the small intestine was connected to a temporary colostomy bag that was placed on the inner wall of the intestine, which will prevent the waste material from passing through the large intestine and prevent the site from becoming infected," he continued.
Michelle Bolsonaro, wife of the presidential candidate of the National Liberal Social Party, Jair Bolsonaro, arrives at the Santa Casa hospital where her husband is hospitalized
The son of Jair Bolsonaro, Flavio Bolsonaro, appears in the photo in front of the Santa Casa hospital today
People light candles in support of presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro of the National Social Liberal Party
A man covers his face with his hands while standing in front of the hospital where Bolsonaro is being treated
Initially, the politician's son, Flavio, said the lesion was superficial, but ultrasound and CT showed trauma to the organs and bleeding from the superior mesenteric artery, an important blood vessel in the digestive system.
Borsato ruled out previous reports of injuries to the candidate's liver.
"There was bleeding from an abdominal artery and perforations in the large and small intestine, the injured part of the large intestine was removed and the small intestine was sewn up," Borsato said.
"The internal injuries were serious, and the patient's life was at risk, and at the beginning of the surgery, his condition was unstable, but we were able to control and stabilize him."
The team confirmed that Bolsonaro arrived at the unit with a "yellow shirt" and that he was not wearing a protective vest.
According to reports, Bolsonaro would normally use body protection provided by the federal police for his safety. However, on this occasion he was without the vest.
The politician is expected to be hospitalized for at least 10 days and will undergo another operation within a couple of months to remove the internal colostomy bag.
"It's too early to say if it will have long-term problems," Borsato said.
A group of people try to stop Adelio Bispo de Oliveira (center photo), who allegedly stabbed the right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro campaigns in the district of Ceilandia in Brasilia, yesterday
Bolsonaro, a former army captain, is running on a tough law and order platform that advocates more flexible weapons controls
It is a polarizing figure in an unpredictable election campaign, but the growing violent crime, the anger over the repeated corruption scandals and an effective campaign in social networks have helped it gain support.
He was second in the polls to former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was the favorite in the country's elections until he was excluded from the polls.
At the end of last month, the electoral tribunal ruled that the former president of Brazil, who is jailed on corruption charges and served two terms between 2003 and 2011, could not stand for election again.
Bolsonaro is known for insulting women, openly expressing racist and homophobic views, defending the dictatorship, appealing to political opponents to shoot and for holding derogatory views of indigenous peoples and foreigners. This has earned him the title of "the most misogynist and hateful elected official in the democratic world."
The former military office, which has been called the "tropical Trump" of South America, has been a politician serving the Chamber of Deputies since 1991.
Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is a polarizing figure and has been fined, and even faced charges, for derogatory statements towards women and blacks.
Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro (pictured left) gestures to the crowd during a campaign rally in the Ceilandia district of Brasilia on September 5, 2018
The attack on Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, represented at a campaign rally, comes at a time of increasingly heated rhetoric related to the campaigns