SAO PAULO – Brazilian President Michel Temer was released from medical care Monday after spending three days in a Sao Paulo hospital for prostate surgery.
Upon leaving the hospital looking well and apparently in good physical condition, Temer told reporters that he was “completely well” and was “on his way home,” before leaving the medical center in a government vehicle.
Temer, 77, was admitted Friday afternoon to Sao Paulo’s Syrian Lebanese Hospital with a benign enlargement of the prostate gland that required surgery.
The president underwent this Sunday an operation to remove the urinary catheter.
Temer will maintain complete rest at his home in Sao Paulo until next Wednesday, when he plans to return to Brasilia.
The operation forced Bolivian President Evo Morales to cancel his state visit scheduled for this Monday and during which he was to meet with Temer.
The Brazilian president was admitted to the hospital in Sao Paulo last Friday night, two days after he was hospitalized in Brasilia for a few hours with a “urinary obstruction.”
The president suffered “malaise” when the lower house was debating charges of obstruction of justice and illicit association brought against him by the Attorney General’s Office, based on a confession by the owners of the meat giant JBS.
The accusations, which Temer has always denied, were thrown out that same Wednesday by 251 votes to 233 in a plenary session of Congress, which according to the Brazilian constitution should avert an eventual trial and meant a great relief for the president.
On a video that aired this week, the president said that following the shelving of the case, he will be more focused on the nation’s economic recovery and in caring for his health, which in recent weeks has been in question.
During a recent checkup, doctors found a “slight” obstruction of the coronary artery, but Temer himself denied he had to undergo a catheterization to correct the problem.