Pele left the ICU after successful colon tumor surgery

Pele is recovering, his daughter said.  PHOTO FILE
Pele is recovering, his daughter said. PHOTO FILE

SAO PAULO: Brazilian football legend Pelé is ready to leave the intensive care unit of a Sao Paulo hospital after undergoing surgery for a suspected colon tumor, one of his daughters said on Monday.

Kely Nascimento wrote a post providing an update on his father’s health in Portuguese and English on his Instagram account, accompanied by a close-up photo of the smiling 80-year-old football mega-star.

“He is doing well after the operation, he is not in pain and is in a good mood (annoyed that he could only eat jello but he will persevere!),” Nascimento wrote.

“He’ll move into a regular room in a day or two, then go home.” “

His father “is strong and stubborn and with the support and care of the brilliant team at (Albert) Einstein (Hospital) and all the love, energy and light the world sends, he will be okay!” she wrote.

“I wanted to thank you … from the bottom of my heart for all the love, concern and support SMS, DM and emails you sent me,” Nascimento added.

“I haven’t had a chance to respond to a lot but I read them and I feel embraced.”

The most recent hospital bulletin, Friday, said Edson Arantes do Nascimento – better known as Pele – was recovering “satisfactorily” and “was actively conversing and exhibiting vital signs within normal limits “.

The suspected tumor was detected during routine testing, according to the hospital, where Pelé has been on treatment since Aug. 31.

Considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, Pelé has been in poor health in recent years and has made several hospital stays.

The only player in history to have won three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), Pelé burst onto the world stage at just 17 years old with dazzling goals, including two in the final against host country Sweden. that Brazil won the World Cup for the first time. in 1958.

“O Rei” (The King) had one of the sport’s most successful careers, scoring over 1,000 goals before retiring in 1977.

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