Just weeks ago he delivered an emotional farewell concert before going on career hiatus to focus on his health.
And earlier this week Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral continued his fight, entering Lisbon’s Santa Cruz Hospital where he is under the observation of a skilled team of doctors who specialise in heart-related issues.
As Spanish newspaper El Mundo and several Portuguese media report, the “Amar pelos dois” singer is awaiting a heart transplant.
The Santa Cruz hospital is considered a leader in this field. In fact, it was the first hospital in the country ever to perform a heart transplant. The institution’s history and reputation suggest he will receive the best treatment available.
Owing to privacy issues the hospital has not confirmed that Salvador is, in fact, a patient there. However, El Mundo reports that by September 18 “a significant security protocol had been activated in the enclosure, with guards controlling accesses to prevent the passage of people outside the institution.”
It’s further proof that doctors and staff are doing their utmost to ensure the singer and national treasure can recuperate in peace and without unnecessary distraction as he awaits a heart transplant.
During Festival da Canção earlier this spring, Salvador had to cope with his ongoing medical situation and endless rumours speculating about the exact nature of his condition.
As hype built about his song and his odds of winning, the singer had to simultaneously deal with his personal issues while in an ever-brighter public spotlight.
Owing to doctor’s orders, he was not allowed to travel to Eurovision for the entire fortnight of rehearsals and shows. Instead, he dispatched his sister and composer Luisa to rehearse in his place. Moments after the announcement, Luisa spoke with wiwibloggs about the situation in Lisbon.
Team Sobral pressed on, delivering beautiful staging that won over millions of televoters and the professional jury at Eurovision.
Following his landmark victory, the limelight grew more intense. With sell-out concerts across the country and an ever-larger profile, Salvador was eventually forced to discuss his health more publicly when he announced his decision to go on a temporary career hiatus to focus on his health.
His announcement came in a YouTube video entitled “Hello, Até já” (Hello, See you soon).
“It is no longer a secret to anyone that my health is fragile,” he said in the video, while seated at a piano.
“I have a problem. Unfortunately, the time has come to give my body to science and consequently to remove myself from the life of concerts and music in general. Get out a bit of this world of civilians and go to another, where surely this problem will be solved. Unfortunately, I do not know how long it will take.”
“I’ll be back soon — how soon I do not not know.”
All of us on wiwibloggs — and, indeed, all Eurovision fans around the world — are sending Salvador so many positive vibes and our best wishes.