Peeled in “stable” condition after breathing problems, hospital says
Concerns about Pelé’s health rose on Friday after local media reported he returned to an intensive care unit he had just left earlier this week while recovering from an ablation of ‘a colon tumor.
The hospital said Pele “exhibited brief respiratory instability” and was admitted to an intensive care unit as a “preventive measure”. After his stabilization, he indicated that he was transferred to “semi-intensive care” and that he was now “stable from a cardiovascular and respiratory point of view”.
Seeking to allay people’s fears over the health of a football legend who many consider to be the greatest player in history, Pelé’s daughter, Kely Nascimento, said on Instagram that he is “recovering well … I promise!”
She added: “The normal recovery scenario for a man his age after an operation like this is sometimes two steps forward and one step back.”
She also posted a photo which she said “was taken earlier” of the three-time World Cup winner wearing a black vest and smiling for the camera.
Pelé has suffered from hip problems for years and cannot walk without help. His public appearances were already cut off before the COVID-19 pandemic and since then he has made some unnecessary forays outside his home near Santos.