The Brazilian superstar, who is frequently referred to as the greatest of all time (GOAT) after winning three World Cups, is now being treated at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in So Paulo as of December 28, 2022.
At the end of November 2022, he was admitted. Since his admission, his family has stood by his side, and they frequently post updates on their Instagram to keep followers and supporters up to date on their hero.
His daughter Kely Nascimento in particular has kept the public updated on Pele’s condition.
Pele’s real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, and such is their affection for him that she has posted how appreciative they are for every day they get to be with him.
What Happened to Pele?
On December 28, 2022, a Brazilian newspaper published reports claiming that the football player’s therapy was failing and that he had been placed in palliative care; however, the family quickly responded on social media to deny the rumors.
Pele’s family realized the need of keeping the public informed about the GOAT’s condition as a result of the widespread concern for his health.
His daughter has been full of praise for the hospital workers who are doing all they can for their father.
She said: “To see our dad being treated by these care professionals, super competent and extremely caring. Not a moment goes by that we forget this privilege. Even in sadness we can only be thankful.”
During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Brazilian squad took time during the tournament to send their best wishes carrying a Pele poster on to the pitch.
On December 3, 2022, Pele released a statement saying he was “strong” and had a “lot of hope”.
He added: “I want to thank the entire medical and nursing team for all the care I have received.
“Thank you so much for everything.
What illness does Pele have?
At the end of November, Pele was given a hospital stay due to a respiratory infection.
He had been taking chemotherapy sessions as part of his long-term treatment for colon cancer.
The Brazilian superstar then became weaker as a result of the continued therapy he is undergoing, which led to the development of a lung infection.
He had a colon tumor removed in September 2021, according to the Associated Press, but it is unknown whether it spread to other organs.
Is Pele married and how many children does he have?
Pele is currently married to Marcia Cibele Aoki with the pair having tied the knot in 2016.
After being together for six years, the couple wed, making for the legend’s third marriage as they enjoyed a small ceremony in Guaruja on the coast of Sao Paulo.
With Rosimeri Cholbi, his first wife of 12 years, he had three children: Kelly, Edinho, and Jennifer.
The striker later wed Assira Lemos Seixas and had twin children, Joshua and Celeste.
In a Netflix documentary, Pele shocked many by admitting he had numerous affairs and didn’t really know how many children he might have.
In all honesty, he admitted, “I’ve had a few affairs, some of which produced kids, but I only found out about them later.”