Pelé health update: Family members of Pelé gather in a Sao Paulo hospital

Peles family gathers at hospital in Sao Paulo
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At the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, where the 82-year-old worldwide superstar has been since the end of November, family members of Brazilian soccer legend Pelé are assembling.

This week, health doctors said that Pelé’s cancer had progressed and that the three-time World Cup champion was receiving “elevated care” due to “kidney and heart dysfunctions.” There haven’t been any further hospital remarks released subsequently.

Edson Nascimento, Edinho – one of Pelé’s sons who arrived Saturday, one day after he gave a news conference to deny he would visit his father in the hospital. Edinho, who works for a soccer club in southern Brazil, had said then that only doctors could help his father.

One of Pelé’s daughters, Kely Nascimento, posted a photo of herself at the hospital with Edinho and two of his kids beside the caption, “He (Edson) is here.” No one will take me out of here, so I’m not going.

A few hours later, Edinho – former Santos goalie, uploaded a photo of himself holding his father’s hand.
Pelé’s son replied, “Dad… my strength is yours.”

A mural painting Brazilian footballer Pele Khalifa International Stadium Doha
A mural painting of Brazilian footballer Pele Khalifa International Stadium Doha

In September 2021, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, underwent colon surgery to remove a malignancy. Whether the disease had spread to other organs has not been disclosed by either his family or the hospital.

Kely Nascimento wrote that “We continue to be here, in this fight and with faith. Another night together”.
The most recent respiratory illness that Pelé had, which COVID-19 made worse, has not been linked to any symptoms by the hospital.

Last weekend, the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported Pelé health update that Pele’s chemotherapy was not working and that doctors had decided to put him on palliative care.   The report was disputed by Pelé’s family.

Pelé, who still holds the record for the most goals scored by the Brazilian national team with 77, guided Brazil to victories in the 1958, 1962, and 1970 World Cups. During the most recent World Cup, Neymar equaled Pelé’s record.