Brazilian soccer icon Pelé’s health is said to be improving, but it’s unclear when he will be released from hospital.
The Selecao legend, who has won three World Cups, has been battling colon cancer since 2021 and was hospitalized last month.
The 82-year-old has been at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo since November 29 to reassess his treatment.
He is also being treated for a respiratory infection diagnosed following his hospitalization aggravated by COVID.
Now medical staff have provided an update on the football icon’s health.
“The patient continues to show improvement in clinical condition, particularly respiratory infection,” they told ESPN.
“He remains in a regular room, is conscious and has stable vital signs.”
Pelé’s daughter, Kely Nascimento, posted a photo to her Instagram Story of her hand on her father’s from the hospital room on Monday, along with a photo of his laptop and coffee.
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Messages of support poured in from all corners of the footballing world, with Neymar and his Brazilian team-mates unfurling a huge banner in tribute to Pele after their victory over South Korea in the Round of 16 of the World Cup.
Fans also held up their own banner, featuring an image of Pelé with the number 10 on his back and the message: “Get Well Soon”.
The 82-year-old’s health sparked serious concerns when Brazilian media reported that he had been transferred to palliative care.
However, an update from doctors on his treatment for colon cancer was followed by a post on Pele’s Instagram page saying he was “strong” and calling for calm.