receives care for “kidney and heart dysfunction”

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, ‘Pele’ He continues to fight at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, where his family has reported that he will spend Christmas, while fans around the world are closely watching his progress. According to the latest medical report, the Brazilian soccer myth, which he has been hospitalized for three weeks, presents a “progression” of colon cancer that he faces and receives care for “kidney and heart dysfunction.”

According to the report, which reports a deterioration in the health of the 82-year-old former soccer player compared to the last bulletin, “he presents a progression of the oncological disease and requires greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunction.” “The patient is still hospitalized in a common room, under the necessary care of the medical team,” the hospital detailed.

Pelé was admitted on November 29 for a reassessment of his chemotherapy treatment against colon cancer detected in September of last year, and to treat a respiratory infection derived from a recent covid infection, according to the doctors and his family.

In the previous medical report, dated December 12, the medical team had reported that Pelé showed “an improvement in his clinical condition, especially his respiratory infection,” but that he continued without a planned discharge.

Christmas at the hospital

Now the daughters of ‘O Rei’, three times world champion with Brazil (1958, 1962 and 1970), confirmed that he would not return home for the Christmas holidays. «Our Christmas at home was suspended. We decided together with the doctors that, for various reasons, it will be better for us to stay here, with all the care that this new family at the Albert Einstein hospital gives us,” Kely Nascimento, one of the former soccer player’s daughters, wrote on Instagram, along with a selfie taken with her sister Flavia Arantes Nascimento in the hospital compound.

“We will transform the hospital room into a sambadrome (just kidding), we will even prepare caipirinhas (this is not a joke!),” Kely added in the message published shortly before the medical report.

«As always, we appreciate all the love that is transmitted to us in Brazil and in the world. The love they have for him, their stories and their prayers are an enormous consolation,” Pelé’s daughters added on the social network.

In recent weeks, both multiplied the messages on the platforms in an attempt to reassure the fans, after journalistic versions that ensured that Pelé was not responding to chemotherapy and was receiving “palliative care”.

Pelé «is sick, he is old, but at the moment he is hospitalized due to a lung infection. And when he gets better, he comes home », Kely Nascimento had assured in an interview with the Globo channel on December 5.

Since his hospitalization, the legendary former player received during the World Cup in Qatar various tributes and wishes for improvement from soccer stars, such as the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé or the English captain Harry Kane. In Doha, even, the image of the idol of the ‘canarinha’ decorated several buildings, with a message wishing him a speedy recovery.

Pelé followed the matches of Brazil and others from the TV in his hospital room. On Sunday, Kely posted a photo of her sister Flavia massaging her father’s left foot while watching the final between Argentina and France. After the albiceleste triumph, Pelé congratulated Lionel Messi and the Argentine team on their social networks for the third world title: “Certainly Diego is smiling now,” he wrote in reference to Diego Armando Maradona, who died in 2020 at the age of 60.

The day before, the former striker had dedicated a long text on Instagram to his team, whose dream of the six-time championship was frustrated in the quarterfinals against Croatia. Despite the pain we feel for our elimination from the World Cup, I ask Brazilians to remember what brought us the five stars (the five world titles) that we carry on our chests. It is love that moves us », he wrote.


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