Salvador Sobral, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, has had successful heart transplant surgery.
At a press conference on Saturday at the Santa Cruz Hospital in Lisbon, Salvador’s surgeon, Miguel Abecasis, said that since the surgery, Salvador “has been developing very well.” Salvador reportedly asked to listen to classical music before the surgery.
The singer has suffered from ill-health for some time. He missed the first week of rehearsals for Eurovision 2017 and was replaced by his sister, Luisa Sobral, composer of his winning entry Amar Pelos Dois. In September, Salvador announced that he was taking a break from performing in order to focus on his health. A farewell concert took place on 8th September in the gardens of the Estoril Casino, Lisbon.
The surgery on Friday followed a long wait for a compatible donor. Salvador’s recovery post-surgery is also expected to be lengthy but, if all goes well, he should have “a completely normal life,” according to Mr Abecasis.
In May, Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest for Portugal for the first time in history. His performance of Amar Pelos Dois earned 758 points and was the highest scoring entry in the history of the contest.
After the contest, Salvador was greeted by thousands of fans in Portugal. He was also honoured by the Portuguese Parliament and recently picked up a European Border Breakers Award for his achievements.