She’s the songwriting sister of Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral who stood in for him during the first week of rehearsals in Kyiv.

And in a rare television appearance discussing her brother’s ongoing medical situation, Luísa Sobral has said that she is confident he will return to full health — and to recording new music.

Speaking on Fantástico, a programme from Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo, the mother-of-one made clear that she’s staying positive.

“Of course, I believe that he will completely recover,” she said in the show, which aired on Sunday. “I wrote another song for his next album.”

TV Globo reports that Salvador remains in the Santa Cruz hospital in Lisbon. Thankfully he has been removed from the Intensive Care Unit — a significant development that suggests he is on the mend.

According to the Brazilian television station — which is the largest in South America and which has strong links to Portugal owing to their common language — Salvador remains near the top of the list of patients waiting for a heart transplant.

Salvador’s win at Eurovision 2017 didn’t just boost his popularity at home — it also made him a hero among Portuguese speakers all over the world.

In fact, his winning song “Amar pelos dois” is now the theme song for the daily Brazilian soap opera “Tempo de Amar” (Time to Love).

In September Salvador entered Lisbon’s Santa Cruz Hospital where he is under the observation of a skilled team of doctors who specialise in heart-related issues.

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 is receiving the best treatment available.

Prior to entering the hospital, the jazz star gave an emotional farewell concert at the Jardins do Casino Estoril as part of the International Festival of Culture.

The emotional climax came when he was joined by his sister Luisa to sing “Amar pelos dois” — the song she wrote and which he performed brilliantly at Eurovision.

While mouthing the words of the song, Salvador welled up before burying his face in his hands. His sister immediately rushed to his side to embrace the singer, who faced his head away from the cameras.

As ever, the audience channeled nothing but warmth and love for the bohemian musician, who they sent off in style by singing “Amar pelos dois” en masse at the close of the show.

We are pleased to hear that Salvador is holding strong and we look forward to the news of a successful transplant. We send our best wishes and most positive vibes to the Sobrals. 

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beccaboo1212
4 years ago

For some reason, Salvador never had time to film a real music video for “Amar pelos dois”. Maybe when he recover from his surgery he’ll be able to film a new video for that song. 🙂

beccaboo1212
4 years ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

Maybe after he recovers. After all, there needs to be something to top the live performance.

brunowskii
brunowskii
4 years ago

I’m so thankful to Salvador & Luisa for having, someway, contributed to make Eurovision greater and more relevant here in Brazil. Amo vocês e muita força Salvador!

Jonas
Jonas
4 years ago

I’m wishing him all the best, and this news is encouraging. It must be so frustrating to know that really there is nothing you can do but wait and hope. My heart goes out to him.

Make sure you are an organ donor, people!

Jonas
Jonas
4 years ago
Reply to  Jonas

^ I honestly didn’t mean to use that unfortunate turn of phrase…you know what I meant, hopefully. Although if I were in a fatal accident, I would gladly let him have my heart and I’d be happy to know that it went to such a nice & decent guy.

Ugh, this whole situation is horrible.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago
Reply to  Jonas

“My heart goes out to him.” 😀
Don’t apologise Jonas, we all need to laugh sometimes. 🙂

Hada
Hada
4 years ago

I’m so glad he’s out of the ICU now. I trust that he will recover and receive either a successful transplant, or at least the Artificial Heart that has been rumored while a transplant appears. Much strength and positive vibes to the Sobrals.

Jo
Jo
4 years ago

That’s great!!!
But don’t do Fantástico though, that’s a terrible programme.

Elmar
Elmar
4 years ago

Get well Salvador! <3

EnjaESC
EnjaESC
4 years ago

Go Salvadorable! 🙂 Keep on fighting and be strong <3 .

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
4 years ago

I expect he’ll be well enough in spring, but will he make many appearances at other national finals or parties? Or is that not really his thing?

R
R
4 years ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Parties, he won’t be for sure. Salvador doesn’t like it. (Hence why he didn’t even go to Madrid, which about 600/700 kms from Lisbon)

And National Finals, probabily just Festival da Canção.

Hada
Hada
4 years ago
Reply to  R

The way people treated his absence in Madrid made me think it was more that he couldn’t even go that far at that moment (maybe saving energy for Eurovision).

I’m not even sure he’ll be at the Festival da Canção. In any case, the priority would be making sure he can be at the Eurovision final to sing Amar Pelos Dois and maybe the new one he has by then, as well as give the trophy to the new winner. Luísa will most likely be at both places, tho.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
4 years ago

So happy to hear it! Get well Salvador ?

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
4 years ago

That’s nice to hear. 🙂

Stephanie
4 years ago

Whether people like him or not, the hearts and spirit of every Eurovision fan should be with him right now. It’s what he needs to get better

L'oiseau
4 years ago

With so much positive energy going on, of course Salvador will recover and bring us lots and lots of joy. The best is still to come.