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Brazilian newspaper reports Brazil’s football legend Pelé ‘moved to end-of-life care’ in hospital

Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2022. 12:57 pm CST.

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By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Brazil’s football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, who was hospitalized in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday, was today ‘moved to end-of-life care’ said reports coming out of Brazil and newspapers around the world.

“Pelé no longer responds to chemotherapy and is in palliative care,” headlined Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo on Saturday.

Eighty-two-year-old Pelé was admitted into the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital for chemotherapy assessment, according to a statement by the hospital. He has been undergoing chemotherapy since September 2021 when he had a bowel cancer operation.

‘At the beginning of the year, metastases in the intestines, lungs, and liver were diagnosed,” said Folha de São Paulo.

According to the Brazilian newspaper, they learned that Pelé is now receiving ‘palliative care’ meaning that chemotherapy had been suspended and that he is only receiving treatment to relieve pain and is intubated so he can breathe well.

On Friday, the Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement that Pelé had been diagnosed with respiratory infection after he was hospitalized on Tuesday to reassess the chemotherapy for the colon tumor that was identified and removed in September 2021.

The hospital’s statement said Pelé was responding adequately and that he was ‘stable’ with ‘a general improvement in his health’.

However, the hospital did not deny nor confirm the reports on palliative care but said the football legend would remain hospitalized.

Earlier in the week, daughter Kely Nascimento, said her father wasn’t as ill as the media were reporting. She said the media was freaking out.

British newspaper The Daily Mail said that Pele’s Instagram account on Friday responded to a ‘Get well soon’ message projected onto a building in Qatar, where the FIFA World Cup is being played.

‘’Friends, I am at the hospital making my monthly visit,” said the Pelé post.

“It’s always nice to receive positive messages like this. Thanks to Qatar for this tribute, and to everyone who sends me good vibes.”

Pelé, considered the greatest footballer in history by many around the world, is the only player to have won three World Cups for Brazil in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

Many football stars, past and present, like Rivaldo, Mbappe, and Harry Kane, have sent him ‘get well’ messages.

Brazil’s coach at the World Cup said the team wished him well.

“He is possibly one of the biggest representatives of Brazil,” Tite said. “WE wish him good health. That’s the feeling of all of us from the Brazil squad. We are wishing Pele all the best.”


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