Brazilian legend Pele, 81, discharged from hospital after treatment for colon tumor
Brazilian legend Pele, 81, released from Sao Paulo hospital after undergoing chemotherapy sessions for colon tumor – with three-time World Cup winner ‘stable’ but expected to continue receiving treatment
- Pelé was treated in hospital after detecting colon tumor
- The all-time great footballer has now been released but will continue treatment
- Hospital statement confirmed 81-year-old legend is ‘stable’
Brazilian legend Pele was released from hospital in Brazil after undergoing chemotherapy sessions on a colon tumor – but will continue to receive treatment.
The 81-year-old man was treated at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, after the tumor was detected during routine examinations in late August.
“The patient is stable and will continue treatment for a colon tumor identified in September,” the hospital statement said.
Three-time World Cup winner Pelé was hospitalized in early December for a series of chemotherapy, but has now been cleared home.
He underwent surgery to remove the tumor in September, then spent almost a month in the hospital.
Pele released from hospital in Brazil after undergoing treatment for colon tumor
After keeping his social media followers updated on his progress, Pelé said on Twitter last month that he was “doing well” and “feeling better every day.”
In an Instagram post, the mercurial striker said he “had little chemotherapy sessions”, and added that he had just finished his last session of 2021.
“I wanted to share this success with you. After all, every little victory is a reason to celebrate, don’t you think? ‘ he wrote, with a picture of himself clenching his fist.
“Don’t worry, I’m just getting ready for the holiday season!” “
The all-time great returned to hospital for follow-up treatment (pictured with daughter Flavia)
When he was taken to hospital earlier this month, he was described as being in stable condition and is expected to be released in the “next few days”.
It was also revealed that Pelé would “continue” his treatment.
After his admission, Pelé’s eldest daughter Kely Nascimento provided an update of hers – posting a photo of him smiling.
She wrote: “My sister Flavia Kurtz gives her a hug for me! In two or three days he is going home to enjoy Christmas.
Three-time World Cup winner Pelé is widely regarded as one of the best players in history
“It wasn’t a surprise. It was already scheduled and is part of the treatment. All my gratitude, always.
However, Pelé’s health has been a source of concern in recent years.
He underwent prostate surgery in 2015 after being hospitalized for the second time in six months, and was admitted with a urinary tract infection in 2019.
Pelé won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1070 – and remains Brazil’s all-time top scorer with 77 goals in 92 appearances.