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Pele hospitalised but daughter says no worry

Last updated on: December 01, 2022 00:35 IST
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Brazilian soccer legend Pele is seen in Paris

IMAGE: Brazilian soccer legend Pele seen in Paris. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been hospitalized as he battles cancer, his daughter said on social media on Wednesday, adding that there was "no surprise or emergency" involved.

"After medical evaluation, the patient was taken to a common room, with no need for admission in a semi-intensive care unit," the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said.

Kely Nascimento's post on Instagram came after ESPN Brasil reported that Pele had been admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital with "general swelling" and was undergoing several tests for a more in-depth assessment of his health issues.

"Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad's health. He is in the hospital regulating medication," Nascimento wrote.


"There is no emergency or new dire prediction. I will be there for the New Year and promise to post some pictures."

The 82-year-old had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has since been in and out of the hospital for treatment on a regular basis.

ESPN Brasil reported that Pele was having cardiac issues and his medical staff showed concern that his chemotherapy treatment was not having the expected results.

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

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