One of Pelé’s daughters said Wednesday that her family is experiencing sadness and despair as the 82-year-old Brazilian soccer legend’s hospitalisation approaches a month.
Doctors at Albert Einstein Hospital recently stated that the three-time World Cup winner’s cancer has progressed and that he is now in “elevated care” due to “kidney and cardiac dysfunctions.”
On November 29, Pelé was admitted to the Sao Paulo facility. There have been no updates from the hospital in the last week.
“These are difficult to put into words. “Sometimes there is a lot of sadness and despair, but other times we laugh and talk about fun memories,” Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram.
Other members of the family are also in the hospital.
“And what we’ve learned the most from it all is that we need to seek each other out and hold each other tight. That is the only way this will be worthwhile. “Everyone in one place,” she wrote.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, underwent colon cancer surgery in September 2021. Neither his family nor the hospital have stated whether or not the cancer had spread to other organs.
Last weekend, the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported that Pelé’s chemotherapy was failing and that doctors had decided to put him on palliative care. Pelé’s family has strongly denied the report.
Pelé led Brazil to World Cup victories in 1958, 1962, and 1970, and he is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals. During the most recent World Cup, Neymar tied Pelé’s record.
Edson Cholbi Nascimento, also known as Edinho, one of Pelé’s sons, paid a visit on Saturday but returned to a southern Brazilian city where he works as a soccer coach on Tuesday. He has not spoken to a single journalist since leaving Sao Paulo.