Legendary Brazil footballer Pele stopped responding to chemotherapy treatment, days after he was admitted to a Sao Paulo hospital. Pele had general swelling and cardiac issues when he was admitted.
Legendary Brazilian football player Pele has been moved to palliative care at the Sau Paulo hospital after he stopped responding to chemotherapy treatment amid his battle against cancer. He was admitted in the hospital on Tuesday to revaluate his cancer treatment and was later diagnosed with a respiratory infection.
A medical report released on Friday said Pele had an adequate response to an antibiotic treatment and was in a stable condition “with general improvement in health status”, according to Reuters. Newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported that chemotherapy had been suspended and that Pele was under palliative care, and being treated only for symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath.
The report also said Pele had general swelling and cardiac issues when he was admitted to the hospital earlier in November.
Pele had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving regular treatment ever since.
France striker Kylian Mbappe on Saturday took to social media to lead the messages, wishing a speedy recovery. Pele, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers, if not the greatest, has been in tune with modern-day football. Even in November, Pele took to Instagram to congratulate young United States star Timothy Weah for his maiden FIFA World Cup goal in Qatar.
Pele said in an Instagram post on Thursday that he was at the hospital for a “monthly visit” and thanked his supporters for the positive messages he had received.
The former Brazil, Santos and New York Cosmos striker posted a picture of his face projected on a building in Qatar, where the World Cup is being held, next to a message saying “Get well soon”.
A sign with the same message was displayed by Brazilian fans at the Lusail Stadium on Friday ahead of the national team’s 1-0 defeat against Cameroon.