Pelé’s daughter opens up as football legend’s hospitalization approaches a month: ‘We have to look for each other, hold each other’

One of Pelé’s daughters said Wednesday she and her family share moments of sadness and despair like those of the 82-year-old Brazilian soccer star hospitalization is approaching a month.

The three-time world champion cancer is advanced and doctors at the Albert Einstein Hospital recently said he is in “elevated care” related to “kidney and heart dysfunction.”

Pele was Admission to the Sao Paulo facility on November 29th. The hospital has not released any updates in the past week.

“Those moments are difficult to explain. Sometimes it’s a lot of sadness and despair, other moments we laugh and talk about fun memories,” Kely Nascimento said on Instagram.

“And what we learn the most from all of this is that we need to seek each other, hold on to each other. That’s the only way it’s worth it. Everyone,” she wrote.

Other family members are also in the hospital.

One of Pelé’s sons, Edson Cholbi Nascimento, known as Edinho, visited on Saturday but returned on Tuesday to a southern Brazilian city where he works as a soccer coach. He hasn’t spoken to journalists since leaving Sao Paulo.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known worldwide as Pelé, had a colon tumor removed in September 2021. Neither his family nor the hospital have indicated whether it has spread to other organs.

The Folha de S.Paulo newspaper reported last weekend that Pelé’s chemotherapy had not worked and doctors had decided to put him on palliative care. Pelé’s family has denied this report.

Pelé led Brazil to victory at the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups and remains one of the all-time top scorers with 77 goals. Neymar equaled Pelé’s record during the last World Cup.

Lots of honors and well wishes were made for the former footballer during the Qatar tournament, which was won by Argentina.


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Rick Schindler

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