Pele 'moved to end-of-life care'

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Published: 2022-12-03 17:59

Last Updated: 2023-02-01 08:46


Pele 'moved to end-of-life care'
Pele 'moved to end-of-life care'

Football legend Pele, 82, is not responding to chemotherapy, said BeIN Media Group, according to Brazilian media reports.

Pele “was moved to end-of-life palliative care” after doctors stopped chemotherapy in his fight against colon cancer.

He was hospitalized last Tuesday after suffering from “general swelling” and “heart failure.”

Considered by many the greatest footballer of all time, Pele has suffered from increasingly fragile health in recent years.

He has been undergoing regular chemotherapy treatments since being diagnosed with colon cancer last year.

He had surgery to remove the tumor in September 2021, spending a month in the hospital.

The only player in history to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), Pele had one of the most storied careers in sport, scoring more than 1,000 goals before retiring in 1977.

His public appearances have grown increasingly rare, but he maintains an active presence on social media -- recently telling the Brazilian national team he was counting on them to "bring this trophy home" from the World Cup in Qatar.

Current Brazilian international Alex Telles told a news conference in Doha the team are rooting for Pele to make a speedy recovery.

"It's hard to talk about our 'King,' he represents us to the entire world. I'm praying for him to stay strong here with us. Hugs to his family, everything will be all right," said the Sevilla defender.