SAO PAULO ( Associated Press) – Brazil star Pele’s two daughters and a grandson say the three-time World Cup champion has been hospitalized since Tuesday for treatment of a respiratory infection caused by COVID-19. He said the 82-year-old former football player was not in danger of death.
Kelly and Flavia Nascimento, as well as Arthur Arantes do Nascimento, said in an interview broadcast Sunday night that they hoped Pele, who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, would leave the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo and make a full recovery. Will go infection. Neither his family nor the hospital staff have any idea about this.
The hospital said on Saturday that Pele was responding well to treatment for the infection and had not worsened over the past 24 hours. The hospital did not publish any statement on the former football player’s health on Sunday.
“He is sick, he is very old. But right now it is because of a lung infection. Once he feels better, he will return home,” Kelly Nascimento told TV Globo. Kelly lives in the United States and does video talks.
“He’s not saying goodbye to the hospital right now,” he said.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known worldwide as Pele, had a colon tumor removed in September 2021, but none of his relatives or the hospital have said whether it has spread.
Flavia Nascimento commented in the interview that her father is not yet in remission from colon cancer, but he is modulating his medications to continue the fight with the doctors.
“It’s unfair that people say they are at the end of their lives in hospice care. Guys, that’s not true. Trust us,” he pleaded. “He is not in intensive care, he is in a normal room. There is no danger to him, he is being treated.”
The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported on Saturday that Pele’s chemotherapy was not working and doctors decided to keep him in palliative care. The Associated Press could not verify that information.
Arthur Arantes do Nascimento assured that he has been discussing World Cup matches with Pele on the phone, indicating that he is fully conscious in the hospital.
He also said that his grandfather has been moved by the tributes that have poured in from around the world in recent days. Since Saturday, hundreds of Santos fans have attended vigils, prayers and tributes.
“I see people saying: ‘Rest in peace’ (to Pele). One day it will happen, but it is not today,” Arthur said. “It will be alright, it is a matter of time. You will see Brazil win its sixth title.
Pelé helped Brazil win the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, remaining the national team’s top scorer with 77 goals in 92 games.