Daughter sends message from clinic with football icon

Dhe family of the seriously ill Brazilian football icon Pelé experiences “difficult to explain” moments in the hospital. “Sometimes it’s a lot of sadness and despair, other moments we’re laughing and talking about funny memories,” Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram on Wednesday alongside a photo. “And what we learn the most is that we need to seek each other, hold on to each other. That’s the only way it’s worth it. All together.”

Pelé, the 1958, 1962 and 1970 world champion, has been in the hospital since November 29. The Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital had announced that it had been diagnosed with a progression of the cancer and that the 82-year-old needed more intensive care due to kidney and heart problems. According to media reports, the chemotherapy should not have worked recently.

“One more night together”

There were no official diagnoses this week. Kely Nascimento had repeatedly published pictures of family members from the hospital room in the past few days. Like the one on Christmas Eve, when she hugs Pelé, who is lying in a hospital bed. The closest family circle spent the Christmas days with him in the hospital.

The moving images increased concern for the “king” of football. “We carry on here, in struggle and in faith. One more night together, ”wrote the daughter in the hours of Christmas Eve on Instagram. “Merry Christmas. Gratitude, love, togetherness, family. The essence of Christmas. Thank you all for all the love and light you are sending,” she wrote alongside a photo, which also includes Pele’s wife, Marcia Aoki.


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