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Yesterday, Saturday (December 24, 2022), Pele’s relatives spent Christmas Eve with Brazilian football legend Pele, who is suffering from cancer, kidney and heart problems, and his health has recently deteriorated, as they stated on social networks.
Pele (82 years old), suffering from colon cancer discovered in September 2021, has been hospitalized in São Paulo since the end of November. On Wednesday, his doctors spoke of “advancement” of the disease and “kidney and heart failure.”
Pele’s son Edinho, who was recently appointed coach of Serie B football club Londrina, based in Parana in the north, arrived at the medical center on Christmas Eve where he joined his sisters Flavia and Kele Nascimento.
After midnight from Saturday to Sunday in Brazil, one of Pele’s daughters, Kelly Nascimento, posted a photo on Instagram showing the ex-footballer’s current wife, Marcia Aoki, and several other family members, but without Pele, at the Albert Einstein Hospital where placed treated.
“Almost everyone. Merry Christmas. Gratitude, love, unity and family are what Christmas is all about. Thank you all for all the love and light you’ve sent us,” Kelly Nascimento wrote in the caption.
Mexican journalist Jose Ramon Frandez posted on his Twitter a picture of Pele with his family members in the hospital and tweeted: “Painful pictures. The pain of the next parting. Unconditional love for the one who used to be the best in history, it’s a father fighting his last battle. “
Previously, Pele’s son posted a picture on Instagram of himself holding the soccer star’s hand, with the comment “My father, my strength is with you.” Edinho apologized for not coming to his father’s evening on Friday. “I would like to be there, but today I have obligations here. I am not a doctor and I cannot be of much help,” he told Estadao newspaper on Friday.
Late Friday, Kelly Nascimento posted a photo on Instagram of Pele hugging him in a hospital bed with only half of his face visible on ventilators. “One more night together. Still here in the fight and the faith,” she wrote.
And ahead of the release of a distressing report on Pele’s health on Wednesday, his two daughters announced they would be spending Christmas in hospital with the former legendary striker “for many reasons”. There was no special activity on Saturday in front of Einstein Hospital, where a handful of journalists gathered waiting for the news about the only soccer player who won the World Cup three times (1958, 1962 and 1970).
HH/MS (AFP, DPA)