Brazilian soccer legend Pele is responding well to treatment for a respiratory infection and his health has not deteriorated in the past 24 hours, the Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement Saturday.
“Edson Arantes do Nascimento was admitted to the Israelite Albert Einstein hospital last Tuesday (29) for the reassessment of his chemotherapy for his colon tumor, diagnosed in September 2021. He is still receiving treatment and his condition is stable. He is responding well to treatment for a respiratory infection and his condition has not changed in the past 24 hours,” the statement said.
Pele, 82, has been in the hospital since Tuesday.
On Saturday, Pele posted the hospital update on his Instagram with a message that said: “My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive. I am strong, with a lot of hope and following my treatment as usual. I would like to thank the entire medical and nursing team for the care shown to me.
“I have great faith in God and every message of love I receive from you around the world keeps me energized. And also to see Brazil at the World Cup!
“Thank you for everything. 🙏🏾”
Messages of recovery poured in from around the world for the three-time world champion, who is also undergoing cancer treatment.
Kely Nascimento, Pele’s daughter, posted several pictures on Instagram of Brazil fans in Qatar holding flags and banners wishing her father well.
Buildings across the Middle East nation also displayed messages in support of the soccer star.
The Albert Einstein Hospital said Friday that Pele is on antibiotics to treat an infection while he undergoes chemotherapy for cancer.
Pele had a colon tumor removed in September 2021.
Neither his family nor the hospital said if the cancer had spread to other organs.
The Folha de S.Paulo newspaper reported Saturday that Pele’s chemotherapy was not working and that doctors had decided to put him on palliative care.
The Associated Press could not confirm this information.
ESPN Brasil reported Wednesday that Pele was hospitalized for “general swelling.”
Pele helped Brazil win the World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and remains the team’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games.
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