Pele set to leave hospital after colon op, daughter says


  • Football
  • Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021

Brazilian soccer legend Pele tosses a ball with physical therapist Kamila in Sao Paulo, Brazil in this still image obtained via undated social media video released on Pele's Instagram page September 28, 2021. INSTAGRAM @PELE /via REUTERS

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian soccer legend Pele is set to leave hospital after recovering from an operation to remove a tumour from his colon, his daughter Kely said on Wednesday.

She did not say exactly when he would leave the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo but the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper said his discharge would take place on Thursday.

"Now that he’s stronger and leaving the hospital to continue recovering and treating himself at home, I’m going back home," Pele's U.S.-based daughter said on Instagram.

Kely has used social media to post popular updates about her father during his almost month long-stay in hospital, including videos of his recovery.

The 80-year-old former Santos, Brazil and New York Cosmos player had the operation on Sept. 4 after abnormalities were discovered during a routine medical.

He was in and out of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in the days after but has recovered well since entering a private room.

Pele, the only man to win three World Cup winner’s medals as a player, will turn 81 on Oct. 23.

He has suffered a series of health issues over the last decade, particularly with his hip, and he cannot walk unaided.

His public appearances were already being cut before the COVID-19 pandemic and since then he has made few unnecessary forays outside his house near Santos.

His son Edinho said last year his father was depressed, something Pele later denied.

The global icon appeared cheery in the videos posted by Kely and her sister Flavia, singing, playing cards and smiling for their cameras.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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