Eurovision Song Contest’s winner Salvador Sobral from Portugal, 27, is recovering in hospital after undergoing a heart transplant on Friday. Ahead of the operation Salvador requested that doctors play classical music. Portugal’s most-watched television network broke the news on Saturday.
The required surgery intervention was already announced during the contest and induced an increase in popularity worldwide. Surgeons at the Santa Cruz Hospital in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, said the 27-year-old was "doing well". "The surgery went well," said surgeon Miguel Abecasis. The recovery would take a long time but Sobral would have "a completely normal life." Sobral had already to wait several months until a suitable donor was found. At this time and measured at one year, after surgery, nearly 90% of heart transplants are successful.
Before the syrgery, he addressed fans on Youtube saying in a video: “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.”Sobral, who speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English, a little Italian and Catalan .was a popular person in Portugal even before Eurovision. At the age of ten, he participated in the TV programme Bravo Bravíssimo, and at 20 he was one of the ten finalists of Ídolos, the Portuguese version of the Idols franchise. Sobral 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.