The 82-year-old former sports star has been hospitalized at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Health Center since November 29 for treatment of colon cancer and a respiratory infection.
It was learned that the stoic silence about his physical condition was in response to a request by relatives for Vardemarelha’s eternal number 10 shirt.
The day before, two grandchildren visited her at the clinic and her daughter, Kelly Nascimento, acknowledged that the family is going through a very sad moment.
“It’s hard to explain those moments. Sometimes there’s so much sadness and despair, other times we laugh and talk about funny memories,” he wrote on the Instagram social network.
He added that “What we learn from all this is that we have to look out for each other, and keep each other very close. Only then is everything worth it. With everyone,” he remarked.
According to the final medical report published on the 21st, O Ri has been admitted “for the purpose of re-evaluation of chemotherapy treatment for colon tumor and treatment of respiratory infection.”
The patient “presents progression of oncological disease and requires increased care related to renal and cardiac dysfunction.”
La Perla Negra, as some sports commentators have nicknamed him, no longer responds to the procedures and is under palliative care, receiving comfort measures to reduce pain and shortness of breath.
The earlier medical report was published on 12 December.
In the statement, doctors said the three-time world champion continued to improve his clinical condition, particularly his respiratory infection: “He continues to be conscious and stable in the normal room with vital signs.”
Pele was diagnosed with cancer in September 2021. In February this year, he was admitted to Einstein to continue chemotherapy. On 29 November, he returned to the health facility for re-evaluation of treatment.
Internet users suspected on social networks that the legend died after videos leaked from his love club, Santos Stadium, Villa Belmiro.
The images show a structure being assembled and photos of O’Ree as a posthumous tribute. Until now, the death of the revered as the best footballer in history has not been announced.