Pelé treated for "kidney and heart dysfunction"

Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pelé’, hospitalized for three weeks in Sao Paulo, is receiving treatment for “kidney and heart dysfunction”, his doctors reported on Wednesday.

Pelé, under treatment for colon cancer, “presents a progression of the oncological disease and requires greater care linked to renal and cardiac dysfunctions”, specified the Albert Einstein hospital, where he has been admitted since 29 november.

The bulletin notes that the 82-year-old three-time world champion “remains hospitalized in a ward, under necessary medical care from the medical team”.

Minutes before, his daughters announced that Pelé would be spending Christmas in the hospital.

“Our Christmas at home has been put on hold. We have decided with the doctors that, for various reasons, it is better to stay here, with full medical care,” Flavia Arantes said in a post on her social media.

“The love for him, the stories and your prayers are a huge consolation because we know we are not alone,” the former Santos and Cosmos striker’s daughter said, assuring that “next week” will be set. update the state of health of the triple world champion.

Pelé was hospitalized for three weeks to reassess chemotherapy treatment for the colon tumor, which he underwent in September 2021, and to treat a “respiratory infection” which was detected a few days later.

Despite his delicate situation, Pelé, considered by many to be the best footballer in history, has maintained intense activity on his social networks, with the publication of various messages about the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

In one of the latest, he congratulated Morocco on their brilliant World Cup run, as well as the Argentinian team and Lionel Messi for securing their third star.

The former striker’s family have denied press reports that Pele was unresponsive to chemotherapy and is terminally ill.

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