Thursday, February 9, 2023

Hospitalized Pele says feeling ‘strong’ with ‘a lot of hope’

Soccer idol Pele, hospitalized in Sao Paulo to re-evaluate his cancer treatment, assured on Saturday that he remains “strong” and with “a lot of hope” after the hospital told him he was “responding well”. Has remained “stable” with a known respiratory infection.

“I want everyone to keep calm. I am strong with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as always,” Murthy, 82, said in a message on Instagram, which was accompanied by the medical report of the day which included The former player was shown to be stable.”

The three-time world champion thanked the messages of affection and said they keep him “full of energy”, as with “Canarinha” at the Qatar Cup-2022.

Pele “adhered to treatment and remains in stable health condition,” doctors at Albert Einstein Hospital said in an earlier statement.

The medical team of the 82-year-old former footballer said, “He has also responded well to care for respiratory infection, without presenting any deterioration in the clinical picture in the last 24 hours.”

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was admitted on Tuesday for a re-evaluation of his chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer, which was diagnosed in September last year, the hospital said.

The Folha de Es Paulo newspaper reported this Saturday that the former football star is no longer responding to chemotherapy treatment and continues to receive only “palliative care”, with ESPN Brazil confirming the information published on Wednesday.

The hospital and Murthy’s family have not confirmed these versions.

Kelly Nascimento, one of Pele’s daughters, downplayed her father’s health condition on Wednesday by assuring that the press is “going crazy” when reporting.

“My father is hospitalized. There is no surprise or emergency,” Nascimento posted on his Instagram account.

Pele confirmed on his Instagram account on Thursday that he had income in response to a regular “monthly visit” and thanked messages for his recovery.

-Idle Concern-

But given various reports in the local press about the alleged worsening situation, football leaders and institutions as well as many Brazilians expressed concern and sent a message of solidarity to ‘O Rey’ this Saturday.

“Strength, King Pele. We trust you. Everything will be alright”, published the official account of the Brazilian Football Confederation on Instagram, along with a picture of the former star with a flag.

French soccer team striker Kylian Mbappe tagged Pele on his Twitter account and wrote, “Pray for the king.”

Junior Miranda, a 35-year-old shopkeeper from Sao Paulo, a Pele fan, began trying to imagine what it would be like the day the statue was gone.

“We adore him, he’s the king, it’s hard to explain, it’s going to be a historic loss, I can’t imagine Brazil without Pele. I can’t imagine it,” Miranda told AFP.

“We will always be a football country for them, then they will never cease to exist,” said Renata Ventura, a 52-year-old teacher.

The city of Doha, where the 2022 World Cup is currently being held, decorated several of its buildings on Saturday with Pele’s image, accompanied by a message wishing him a speedy recovery, AFP journalists verified.

Around Lusail Stadium, in the north of the city, where the final will be played, and at the Aspire Tower, not far from Khalifa Stadium, appeared an image of the three-time world champion from behind, wearing a green shirt and his Legendary number 10, with the words “Get well soon” (Get well soon).

AFP

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