Pele to remain hospitalized due to respiratory infection


Brazil legend Pele has a respiratory infection and will remain in hospital where he has been since Tuesday.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, 82, better known as Pele, is being treated with antibiotics, Hospital Albert Einstein said in a statement on Friday.

“Medical staff diagnosed a respiratory infection, which has been treated with antibiotics. His response has been good and the patient, who is in a regular room, is stable with good health condition. The former player is still in the following days Will be hospitalised. Continue treatment,” the hospital said in a statement.

Pele thanked the fans in a instagram post Late Thursday night for well wishes received in the fight against cancer. He had a colon tumor removed in September 2021 and has since undergone chemotherapy.

Brazil fans show their support for the three-time World Cup winner ahead of the national team’s match against Cameroon at the World Cup on Friday.

Fans display a banner with Pelé’s image behind one of the goals at Lusail Stadium. A large image of the Brazilian great can be seen on a building near the venue, along with the messages “Get well soon” and “We love Pele.”

Neither the hospital nor his family have said whether the former footballer’s cancer has spread to other organs. He has checked in the hospital every month.

The hospital confirmed on Friday that the three-time World Cup winner has had to control his chemotherapy drug.

A source told ESPN Brazil That Pele has been treated for the condition anasarca, generalized edema and decompensated heart failure.

Pele’s manager did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

One of Pele’s daughters, Kelly Nascimento, expressed her father’s gratitude to Qatar and Brazil coach Tite, who sent a positive message to the former footballer.

Pelé helped Brazil win the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups and remains the team’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches.

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