Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Hospitalized Over 2018 Knife Attack

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is now receiving treatment in a medical facility due to injuries sustained during an assassination attempt in 2018. Bolsonaro arrived at a hospital in Orlando, as confirmed by his wife. The family has since stayed in Orlando since the conservative leader left his home country at the end of 2022, fearing reprisals from his leftist political opponent who has controversially assumed the presidency there.

He has been hospitalized previously for discomfort related to the injuries. Bolsonaro sustained knife wounds while initially seeking the presidency.

Bolsonaro is a controversial figure who has angered several Brazilians for years with inciting comments. Notwithstanding, he has an army of followers among conservative voters. Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, who operated on the former Brazilian president, said he could take two months to recover fully and would be hospitalized for no less than a week.

The Far-right front runner was driven 125 miles from Rio de Janeiro after he was stabbed by an on-rushing man while being carried through a crowd.


He was in a critical but stable condition after sustaining injuries to his abdomen, according to surgeons at the Santa Casa de Misericórdia hospital. The man who stabbed Bolsonaro was acquitted after the judge ruled that he was mentally ill.

“Adélio Bispo de Oliveira cannot be tried under Brazilian law because he was not fully aware of his actions at the time,” the federal judge ruled.

Bolsonaro lost his reelection to socialist Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva by a tiny margin. Bolsonaro’s loss did not go down well with his supporters, who stormed Brazil’s Congress. The former president’s supporters made their presence felt at the presidential palace and Supreme Court.

Justice Minister Flavio Dino has assured that the protesters are only wasting their time and cannot upturn the results. Dino also promised reinforcements amid violent protesters who were destructive but seen to have assaulted police officers.

“There is no precedent for what they did and these people need to be punished,” Lula said in reaction to the post-election protests in Brazil.