SAO PAULO, Brazil — President-elect Tancredo Neves underwent a third intestinal operation today after doctors failed to stem internal bleeding.
Officials at Das Clinicas hospital said the surgery was necessary to stem hemorrhaging related to his latest surgery last Wednesday to relieve a blockage in the small intestine.
The first operation, on March 15, prevented Neves, 75, from taking his oath of office as the first civilian president of Brazil after 21 years of military rule.
He was flown 600 miles today by jet from Brasilia to the more modern Das Clinicas hospital in Sao Paulo.
Dr. Guillerme Rodrigues, director of Das Clinicas, which is primarily a cardiac facility, said the bleeding was "not a very common postoperative complication" and left doctors "worried."
In an official statement on his condition, doctors said Neves' "general state was good" and that he was lucid and not suffering from a fever.