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Brazil legend Pele admitted to hospital as he continues to receive cancer treatment

Jack Kenmare

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Brazil legend Pele admitted to hospital as he continues to receive cancer treatment

Brazil legend Pele has been re-admitted to hospital after developing swelling all over his body, heart issues and mental confusion, according to reports.

The 82-year-old, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, had a tumor removed from his colon in September 2021 and has since been in and out of hospital for treatment on a regular basis.

On Tuesday, he was taken to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, where medical staff confirmed "general swelling", say ESPN Brasil.

In addition to the above, medics also identified "decompensated heart failure" when attempting to diagnose his swelling.


Pele arrived "very restless" and was diagnosed with mental confusion. He reportedly has difficulties feeding himself.

The report added that chemotherapy carried out over the last few months has not shown any responses to the tumors present in various organs of Pele's body.

A more in-depth assessment of the problems detected and the organs compromised by the metastatic cancer will take place on Wednesday. They hope to identify the organs compromised by the cancer in testing.

Tests will also evaluate the possibility of the occurrence of a hepatic encephalopathy.

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy

Pele's daughter, Kely Nascimento, there was "no surprise or emergency" involved in the hospital trip.

"Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad's health," she wrote on Instagram.

"He is in the hospital regulating medication. There is no emergency or new dire prediction. I will be there for New Years and promise to post some pictures."

Pele, regarded by many of one of the greatest footballers of all time, is Brazil's all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches for his country.

He scored 1,279 goals in 1,363 games for club and country during a 22-year career.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/pele

Topics: Pele, Brazil, Football World Cup

Jack Kenmare
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