Brazil candidate recovering from surgery after stabbing

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)
A supporter of Jair Bolsonaro, presidential candidate for the National Social Liberal Party who was stabbed during a campaign event days ago, holds up a doll in his image during a march along Paulista Avenue to show support for him in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Brazil will hold general elections on Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, a presidential candidate who survived being stabbed during a campaign event days ago, march along Paulista Avenue to show support for the National Social Liberal Party candidate in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Brazil will hold general elections on Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, presidential candidate for the National Social Liberal Party who was stabbed during a campaign event days ago, exhibit a large, inflatable doll in his image as they march along Paulista Avenue to show support for him in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Brazil will hold general elections on Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, presidential candidate for the National Social Liberal Party who was stabbed during a campaign event days ago, march along Paulista Avenue to show support for him in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Brazil will hold general elections on Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SAO PAULO — 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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