For months his fans have waited for news about his pending heart transplant, sending their best wishes to the Eurovision 2017 winner.

And today their prayers were finally answered with the very good news that Salvador Sobral received his new heart during a procedure on Friday.

Televisão Independente (TVI) — Portugal’s most-watched television network — broke the news on Saturday during an afternoon news bulletin.

According to TVI, “the intervention went well and Salvador Sobral is now hospitalised in the intensive care unit.”

“The 27-year-old artist suffers from advanced heart failure and has been waiting for a compatible donor for several months.”

During a press conference, held at 18:00 at the Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental (West Lisbon Hospital Centre), one of the doctors praised Salvador’s patience and courage, saying that he was “alright”, while another said that he was “very cheerful” following the procedure.

Ahead of the operation Salvador requested that doctors play classical music — presumably to help calm any nerves he may have had.

Heart transplants are incredibly sensitive procedures. Waiting lists for donor hearts are long, and after the procedure the body that receives the new heart must accept it.

As the United Kingdom’s NHS explains, complications can follow the procedure and over time the body may reject it. However, there is reason to be optimistic. A number of studies have found that nearly 90% of heart transplants are successful (when measured one year after surgery).

On September 9, the “Amar pelos dois” singer officially stepped away from the limelight, giving an emotional farewell concert ahead of his temporary career hiatus.

Performing at the Jardins do Casino Estoril, as part of the International Festival of Culture, the quirky star sang his most beloved songs, including “Excuse Me”, “Change” and “Nada Que Esperar”.

Later that month he entered Lisbon’s Santa Cruz Hospital where he was under the observation of a skilled team of doctors who specialise in heart-related issues.

It came after a life-changing few months for the jazz singer. 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 that she would rehearse in his place, Luisa spoke with wiwibloggs about the situation in Lisbon (video above).

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.”

With today’s news, he’s moved a little bit closer.

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Zebb
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Zebb

A truly wonderful year for one person…

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It’s truly disappointing just how many awful comments there are here, both towards each other and towards Salvador and his family. How dare you! :/
If I were running Wiwibloggs, I would honestly consider permanently removing the comments section from this blog. It risks becoming a legal issue otherwise.
Anyhow, best of luck to Salvador in his recovery, and may he continue to sing beautiful music.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thank you to the Wiwibloggs team for removing the most objectionable comments. 🙂

Lanti
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And now the donor’s heart will literally love for two people

Unknown Melody
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Unknown Melody

So happy for him and his family. But lol at that 12AM person not knowing what they’re talking about.

L'oiseau
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I am so happy! We now are going to hear many great things from Salvador for many years to come. My prayers go for the family who lost a loved one.

Nikki
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Nikki

All my best wishes to the Sobral family. Very happy Christmas.

Dominique king
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Dominique king

That is great news. Wishing him and his family all the best.

Ariso Light
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Ariso Light

Awesome! I wish Salvador the best! <3

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Great news! Wish Salvador the best ?

Ria van de Velde - NL
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Ria van de Velde - NL

I like to wish Salvador all the best. I hope he ‘s getting well soon !!

Marcus (Day One)
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Marcus (Day One)

I’m sending him my wishes and hope Salvador has a speedy recovery.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

This is wonderful to read ;-))
Força Salvador!!! Te desejo tudo de melhor!
Hope to see you at Lisbon stage…

Mae
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Mae

I am so happy and realived. ?

Andrea
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Andrea

I’m truly glad to know he came out of the surgery well. Let’s hope his body accepts the new heart and he can be at Euro 2018, even if it’s on a wheelchair! FORZA SALVADOR!

Jonas
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Jonas

Actually, he is unlikely to be in a wheelchair. If everything goes well, as we all hope it does, he is likely to make quick and significant improvements – in fact, after a return to full health, we may be shocked at how well he looks and may not even recognise him he will look that good. It really is a miracle.

Vlad
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Vlad

Yeah!!! I’m so happy 😀
I hope he will perform in ESC 2018

Jonas
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Jonas

Such wonderful news!

Everybody should be a donor, sign up, carry a card, do whatever you have to do to make your wishes known. Such a noble and generous thing to do.

I sincerely wish Salvador all the best, that his body accepts this heart, and that he makes a full and speedy recovery and goes on to live the fabulous and productive life that he is meant to.

Hada
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Hada

Parabéns Salvador, Luísa, and Sobral family!!!

This has to be the best Christmas ever for them!!!

May the donor’s legacy live in him.

Maria Rodrigues
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Maria Rodrigues

In Portugal everybody is a potential donor. If you don’t want to be one you should say it

Hada
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Hada

I think you replied to the wrong comment

Thales
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Thales

So happy! God bless Salvador <3

Fan
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Fan

Those who were saying that his health condition was fake news owne him appologies.

NickC
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NickC

I agree. 100 %

12AM
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12AM

Happy he is healthy, but apologies…no way.
The family never told us what the problems were.

xelx
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xelx

Family does not have to tell if they do not want. Some people accused him of faking it to gain sympathy. That’s a terrible accusation to make if you don’t know a thing.

Filipe
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Filipe

As a matter of fact, they did. He suffers from heart failure.

Robyn Gallagher
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The “fake news” issue earlier in the year was a claim in tabloid media that Salvador would not be able to attend Eurovision at all due to his health issues. Salvador’s team issued a statement saying that this was not the case and he would be well enough to attend Eurovision – which as we all know, is exactly what happened. 🙂

loci
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loci

Not true Robyn. Lots of jealous euro fans were claiming it was fake.

12AM
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12AM

Salvador himself accused ”junk media”. I’m not against him, but, let’s be honest, he can’t have it both ways.

Hada
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Hada

What “both ways”? Salvador and his family wanted privacy so they didn’t talk about his health issues. The media did what the media does and Salvador’s circumstances went on until they had to say “yes, he does have heart problems”. And then after they were practically forced (by the media or by the circumstances) to reveal what happened, some people were like “he’s milking his illness for pity votes”. Existing with an illness doesn’t mean you’re shoving it on other people’s faces.

12AM
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12AM

”to reveal what happened”
They never revealed anything. Never.

”Junk media” was right and he still accused it, he said early September that he will go on hiatus, it had nothing to do with ”pity votes”. Sobral fans are nauseating.

Hada
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Hada

First of all, whether the media was right or wrong is beside the point: Neither Salvador nor his family owe anyone “the truth” about his private life.

Second, when Salvador’s team made that post about “junk media”, it’s because at the time said junk media was indeed spreading rumours about him and his family. Like, not only false but actually dangerous rumors, and not only for the Sobrals. “Fake news” isn’t just putting up blatantly false headlines, it’s also taking the truth out of context and/or twisting it to make the readers fill-in the blanks in a way that’s false.

12AM
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12AM

”to make the readers fill-in the blanks in a way that’s false”

OMG Salvador-Army you are so weird. It was nothing false, Salvador situation was the worst, and I’m happy now he is well. Focus on the fact Salvador is well now, don’t ask apologies from people who were worried for him, people that are not his enemies. I will not answer to this anymore.

Miguel
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Miguel

Tu nivel humano es nauseabundo, cercano a jn trastorno de personalidae, controla tu ego, no es mas importante que la vida de salvador, por no entrar en otras consideraciones

Matt
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Matt

Great news!

Nancy G
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Nancy G

Just WOW. It’s the best news to have, and right before Christmas. He is a fighter. Wishing him a fast recovery!

Luz
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Luz

This is wonderful news and it made me teary eyed Thank God and his medical team for taking care of him. Wishing Salvador a speedy recovery and come back to his biggest love: music!