The 80-year-old daughter of Brazilian football legend Pele, Kelly Nascimento, announced on Monday that her father is “ready” to leave the ICU. in a hospital in San Paolo where it is in cure after a colon polyp has been removed.
“He’s recovering well from the operation. He’s not in pain,” Kelly said on her Instagram account with a photo of her smiling father, adding, “He’s in a good mood (just a little annoyed because he can only eat jelly). But he’ll persevere! “)
And she added: “I’m ready to get out of the ICU and go home soon.”
Kelly explained that the three-time world champion (1958, 1962 and 1970) will move in a room for continuous treatment “in a day or two and then he will come home”.
The image, taken from a video call with his daughter, shows the legendary former Brazilian footballer visibly smiling and beaming.
He is strong and stubborn and with the support and care of the brilliant team of Einstein (at the hospital) and all the love, energy and light that the whole world is sending will pass this test! “
On Friday, Pelé posted a reassuring message on his Instagram account, in to whom he said: “My friends, with each passing day I feel a little better. I can’t wait to play again, but I’m still recovering for a few more days.”, adding: “While I’m here, I take the opportunity to talk a lot with my family and to rest. Thanks again for all the messages of sympathy. We will be together again “.
The latest medical report, issued the same day by the Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo, stated that “the patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento is recovering in satisfactorily, he is conscious, speaks normally and maintains his normal vital signs. “
The tumor was discovered during routine examinations of the heart, blood vessels and laboratory tests conducted by Pele, who immediately underwent surgery to remove it last Saturday.
Pelé, the only player in history to win the World Cup three times (1958, 1962 and 1970), scored 77 goals in 92 games with the “Celeção” jersey before retiring in 1977. He was chosen in 1999 by the International Olympic Committee, as one of the best athletes of the twentieth century, and then in one year as the best player of the century by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).
He is considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time.
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