Portugal’s Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral has heart transplant

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Portugal’s celebrated Eurovision Song Contest winner, Salvador Sobral, is recovering in hospital after undergoing a heart transplant, the BBC reports.

Surgeons at the Santa Cruz Hospital in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, said the 27-year-old was “doing well”.

Sobral, who suffered from a longstanding heart condition, won this year’s contest with the love song Amar Pelos Dois (Love for Both of Us).

It was the first time Portugal had taken the title.

“The surgery went well,” said surgeon Miguel Abecasis, quoted by the Publico daily (in Portuguese).

“He was very well prepared. He is a young man who understood the difficulties of this type of procedure.”

The recovery would take a long time, Mr Abecasis added, but said that if all went well, Sobral would have “a completely normal life”.

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