Sao Paulo: Brazilian football legend Pele was released from hospital for a month on Thursday after undergoing surgery for a colon tumor, but will continue chemotherapy.
Pele, 80, has been receiving treatment at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo since August 31, after a routine test revealed a suspected tumor.
Doctors said Pele, who underwent surgery on September 4, was in stable condition.
The hospital did not use the word “cancer” in its statement and did not provide further details about yellow chemotherapy, but the treatment is commonly used in cancer patients. The results of his biopsy were not made public.
“I am just happy to be back home,” Pele said in a statement on Facebook.
“I would like to thank the entire team at Albert Einstein Hospital who made my stay a pleasant one, with a humane and very loving welcome. Completes my life. “
He wrote, “Celebrate every step of the journey when the road is difficult. Focus on your happiness. It is true that I cannot jump now, but for the last few days, I have been pushing the air more often than usual. ۔ ” .
One of the greatest footballers of all time, Edson Arendt du Nascimento – Pel’s real name – has been in poor health in recent years, and has a variety of conditions in hospital.
The only player in history to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), he shone on the world stage at just 17, including two in the final against host Sweden, as Brazil won the World Cup for the first time in 1958. .
Before retiring in 1977, O’Reilly (The King) achieved the highest level of career in sports, scoring more than a thousand goals.
– ‘Face it with a smile’
Pele’s daughter, Kelly Nascimento, has provided fans with updates during her father’s hospital stay, posted photos and videos on social media – one of them playing cards, or the footballer singing the anthem of his former club Santos. ۔
Last week, her daughter said she had taken “several steps” toward recovery since her operation.
On Saturday, Pele praised Lionel Messi for breaking his record as the top scorer in the South American national team – and apologized for the delay in congratulating him on his medical treatment.
“When life imposes a challenge, it’s always easier to face it with a smile,” Pele wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Pele has withdrawn from public life in recent years.
Since the onset of the corona virus epidemic – which has so far killed nearly 600,000 people in Brazil – he has been using social media to promote vaccination at his home in Guaraja, a suburb of Sao Paulo. I was isolated.
A documentary on Pele’s life was released earlier this year on the streaming platform Netflix, a recent video showing the former player walking slowly with the help of a walker.