Pelé declares he is feeling ‘strong’ after reports of end-of-life care Brazilian football legend Pele has provided an update on his health after being hospitalized due to difficulties with his colon cancer chemotherapy.
Pelé has asked his fans to stay “calm” and has said that he is “strong” and has “a lot of hope” despite rumors that he has been moved to a palliative care ward. On Saturday, a Brazilian newspaper reported that the legendary player is getting palliative care since he stopped responding to chemotherapy. People around the world afterward began praying for his quick recovery.
Pelé, 82, the three-time World Cup champion, has been undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer and is now reassessing his choices due to treatment failure. He was admitted to the hospital in Sao Paulo on Tuesday with symptoms of “general edema” and “heart failure.” The footballing community responded with an avalanche of well-wishes for his quick recovery. Pele has recently updated his health condition to his followers, writing:
“My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive. I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual. I want to thank the entire medical and nursing team for all the care I have received. I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy. And watch Brazil in the World Cup too! Thank you so much for everything.”
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The hospital reported that Pelé was stable after being hospitalized this week. He has responded well to the therapy for a respiratory infection, and his condition has not worsened during the past 24 hours, according to the medical staff. For a second opinion on his cancer treatment, he was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday.
“He [Pelé] has shown good response to the respiratory infection care, not showing any worsening of his condition in the last 24 hours,” said Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Israeli Hospital.
Pele’s daughter, Kely Nascimento, posted on Tuesday: “Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad’s health. He is in the hospital regulating medication. There is no emergency or new dire prediction. I will be there for New Year’s and promise to post some pictures.”
In December 2021, Pelé was admitted to the hospital and given chemotherapy treatment. He had surgery to remove a tumor from his right colon in September 2021 after physicians discovered the illness during routine tests.
Pelé is regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. He participated in four World Cups, winning three of them (1958, 1962, and 1970) and scoring 12 goals in 14 matches. The striker played with the Brazilian giants Santos from 1956 through 1974 before briefly joining the New York Cosmos. In his 1,363 professional games, he scored 1,281 goals.