Brazil football legend Pele hospitalised again for colon tumour treatment

The 81-year-old three-time World Cup winner underwent an operation to remove the tumour in September and spent nearly a month under care



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By Reuters

Published: Wed 8 Dec 2021, 8:20 PM

Brazilian football legend Pele was hospitalised to undergo treatment for a colon tumour, Sao Paulo’s Hospital Albert Einstein said on Wednesday, adding that he is in stable condition and should be discharged in the next few days.

The 81-year-old three-time World Cup winner underwent an operation to remove the tumour in September and spent nearly a month under care. The hospital said at the time he would need to undergo chemotherapy.

According to Wednesday’s medical bulletin, Pele is continuing his treatment.

“The patient is stable, and the forecast is that he will be released in the coming days,” the statement said.

It gave no details on the seriousness of his tumour or how the treatment is progressing.

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Widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele has suffered from a series of health issues in recent years. Hip surgery left him with recurring pain and he cannot now walk unaided.

Just weeks before the pandemic hit Brazil last year, his son said the former Santos and New York Cosmos player was depressed, which Pele later denied.

He appeared upbeat in videos taken during his recovery period in September and October and he said on Twitter last month that he was feeling better “every day.”


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