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Football legend, Pele ‘to spend Christmas in hospital’ after medical reports show his cancer has worsened

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - OCTOBER 2: Brazilian soccer legend Pele, who accompanied President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, listens during questioning at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 bid presentation during the 121st International Olympic Committee session at the Bella Centeron October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 121st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will vote on October 2 on whether Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro or Madrid will host the 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

Pele, 82, has been battling colon cancer since September 2021 and was hospitalized on November 29 for doctors to reevaluate his treatment.

The Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital released an update on Pele’s condition Wednesday delivery December 21, and revealed he now requires care for cardiac and renal dysfunction.

He has also been treated for a respiratory infection diagnosed following his hospitalization.

‘Admitted since November 29 for a reassessment of chemotherapy therapy for colon tumor and treatment of a respiratory infection, Edson Arantes do Nascimento presents progression of the oncological disease and requires greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions,’ read the update from medical staff.

‘The patient remains hospitalized in a common room, under the necessary care of the medical team.’

The legend’s daughter, Kely Nascimento, said in an Instagram post that the support of his fans was a ‘huge comfort’ to him.


She wrote: ‘Your love for him, your stories, and your prayers are a HUGE comfort because we know we are not alone.

‘Let’s turn this room into a Sambadrome (just kidding), let’s even make caipirinhas (not kidding!!).’

Pele has been in and out of hospital since having a tumor removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been undergoing chemotherapy in his fight against cancer.




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