Tuesday, 05 Dec 2023

Pel in stable condition after reports of move to end-of-life care

Pel in stable condition after reports of move to end-of-life care


Pel in stable condition after reports of move to end-of-life care

The Brazilian football great Pelé remains in stable condition after being hospitalised earlier this week as he battles colon cancer, a new medical report released by São Paulo's Albert Einstein hospital said on Saturday.

Pelé, 82, has also responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection and his condition has not worsened in the last 24 hours, the medical staff said. He was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment, according to earlier medical reports.

Earlier on Saturday, the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S Paulo reported that Pelé is receiving palliative care after he stopped responding to chemotherapy treatment for the cancer.

According to the newspaper, the chemotherapy has now been suspended and Pelé is receiving end-of-life care, being treated only for symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath.

The Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo declined to confirm reports that the football legend known as The King is under palliative care and said it would only communicate through official bulletins. The latest medical report, released on Friday, said Pelé was being treated with antibiotics for a respiratory infection. His condition was "stable, with a general improvement in his health status", the report said.

Football stars past and present, including French striker Kylian Mbappé, wished Pelé well on social media following the reports that he is receiving palliative care. "Pray for The King," Mbappé tweeted.

Pelé sought to reassure fans in an Instagram post on Thursday, saying that he was making his "monthly visit" to hospital. He posted a picture of a Qatar building lit up with a message wishing him a prompt recovery and thanked the World Cup-hosting nation for "the tribute".

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