Brazilian football legend Pele was hospitalized Tuesday in Sao Paulo. He was taken to the Albert Einstein hospital.
According to ESPN Brazil, his wife Marcia Aoki and a caregiver were with him at the time of hospitalization. The report stated that Pele, who is currently undergoing treatment for metastatic cancer, had swelling all over his body.
Medical staff at the Einstein confirmed his condition of anasarca (general swelling), an edemigemic syndrome (general edema) and even identified “decompensated heart failure.”
The ESPN report said that further tests are being carried out to properly assess his condition. Doctors hope to identify the organs which may have been affected by the cancer as his body has not been responding to chemotherapy.
His daughter, Kely Nascimento, shared an update Wednesday saying there is no surprise or emergency with regards to Pele’s health at the moment.
“Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad’s health. 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,” Nascimento posted.
Pele, who first won the World Cup at the age of 17, underwent surgery to remove a tumor on his colon in September 2021. Ever since, he has been undergoing chemotherapy.
Since then, Pele has used his social media channels to deny he was in poor health. On his birthday on October 23, he shared a health update with his fans.
“I just want to express my gratitude. Life is good. Turning 82 with my family, in good health, is the best gift. Thank you for everything I have received,” he said in a video.